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Championship living up to 'tough' label - Fulham captain

Scott Parker is finally discovering how tough the Championship really is.

The Cottagers have claimed just one point from six second tier games this season, and following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Reading, the club look in dire straits.

Captain Scott Parker has been an ever-present for Felix Magath’s men, failing to prevent their dreadful start of five losses in six games.

They have yet to impose themselves upon a fixture this season, and although a 1-1 draw with Cardiff prior to the international break looked as if a change of fortunes was on the cards, the 3-0 loss at Reading was capped by the dismissal of debutant Matt Smith - and ranking as the West Londoner’s worst performance of the season.

33-year old Parker failed to impose himself upon the game, and when talking to the official Fulham website, he praised the Royals domination of the 90 minutes.

The midfielder said: "Before the sending off I think we were up against it," said Parker. "Then the sending off makes life doubly hard really. We get in at half-time at 1-0 and then they wore us down. To be fair to them, I thought they were a very good side. They dominated the game from start to finish and deserved to win.

"In the first half there were a couple of chances but as the game wore on we started to get a bit leggy, which you can understand playing with 10 men for a large part of the game, but we're not making any excuses for the 10 men.

"We dropped off them a little bit. They have a lot of time on the ball and every time they were switching the play it was causing us a few problems which we tried to deal with, but it was difficult at times, so we all need to take a long hard look and see what we can do moving forward.”

Having been out of the Championship since 2001, it appears as if the club are unaware of the difficulty faced with fighting for promotion, but Parker insists that the squad are starting to finally realise that the Championship is a tough division.

"We all knew at the start of the season that the Championship is a tough league.

"Maybe we're starting to realise how tough it really is now. It'll be exactly what we've seen since the start of the season really. Every game we've had has been really difficult, really tough.”

Fulham travel to Nottingham on Wedneday to face Forest - one of the early pace-setters in the division. Going on current form, it looks like the Cottagers will be waiting even longer to find their first win of the season - a win that may just take them off the foot of the table.

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