By Craig Scott

18th Dec, 2019 | 3:30pm

MOT View: Leeds can pile misery on Scott Parker as Fulham boss shows signs of pressure

Leeds United have a real chance to pile the misery on Fulham manager Scott Parker this weekend when they travel to Craven Cottage.

Fulham have lost three Championship matches in a row and have found themselves dropping from third in the table to sixth – 12 points behind second-placed Leeds.

Fulham were tipped as one of the main challengers to Leeds and West Brom in the automatic promotion spots but consecutive defeats at the hands of Bristol City, Preston and Brentford has really dented that theory.

Now, the Cottagers face a tough clash against Leeds, who are unbeaten in their last 11 matches and will no doubt be eager to bounce back after their disappointing draw with Cardiff on Saturday.

Ahead of that match, Parker has shown signs that there could be a bit of pressure getting to him due to Fulham’s faltering bid to secure an instant return to the Premier League.

“In football you can lose two on the bounce or three on the bounce but the perception and maybe the world we are in today, it’s one loss and fingers are pointed,” said Parker, as quoted by LeedsLive.

“You can see there’s a little bit of a confidence issue at this moment in time.

“But I’m not going to point a finger at any one of those players. It’s a slight blip. The reality is we still sit sixth in the league, three points off third.”

Fingers are certainly being pointed by a section of Fulham fans lately.

Some supporters of the London club have taken to Twitter to call for the manager’s head amid this poor run of form with faith being lost in him to take the side back to the top-flight.

Even though it is a tough game against Leeds, unforgiving Fulham fans may grow louder at the weekend if the Yorkshire club picks up all three points at Craven Cottage.

It is Leeds’ job to ensure that happens.

Although the Whites dropped to second on Saturday to fall behind West Brom in the race for the Championship title, there is still a 10-point gap between them and third-placed Preston.

There is no pressure on Leeds just yet and that gap, even though it is on the middle of December, is certainly a healthy one.

The pressure will be on Fulham this weekend, not Leeds, and Marcelo Bielsa’s men need to take advantage of that.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have approached a Premier League club who are willing to send out two attackers on loan in January.