Fulham slump not Martin Jol's fault, says captain Scott Parker

Fulham captain Scott Parker says manager Martin Jol should not take all the blame for their slump in form.

Jol is under increasing pressure after Saturday's defeat at West Ham, their fifth in a row in the Premier league.

Parker told BBC Sport: "The manager takes all the flak but the players need to take massive responsibility.

"Are we willing to stand up and be counted when things get tough? Yes. We are trying everything we possibly can to turn the corner."

The Cottagers did not manage a shot on target as they lost 3-0 at Upton Park but Parker says they are still fighting to save their manager's job.

Fulham's London derby record

Fulham have won only one of their four London derbies so far this season, and have lost the other three. They went down 3-1 at home to Arsenal in August, were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and their last Premier League win came at Selhurst Park when they beat Crystal Palace 4-1 on 21 October.

Four days after their 3-0 defeat by West Ham at Upton Park, they entertain Tottenham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

Parker added: "He is the one that picks us and we are the ones who go out there.

"It is not nice being down at the bottom of the table and obviously confidence is low but I don't think it is a fact that the players are not willing to put in the hard work, because we are."

Before his side played the Hammers, Jol had talked of how the outcome of that game and Wednesday's match against his former club Tottenham could decide his fate.

Asked after Fulham's disappointing defeat and display in east London whether he was confident he would still be in charge against Spurs, he replied: "It is not in my hands.

"If I have to worry, I was probably worried a couple of months ago because it is not one day and then the other. It is probably the last two months we have been inconsistent.

"We needed a result against West Ham in the situation we were in and the same applied for them. They tried to put pressure on us in the first half with the long ball and we coped with that.

"We had a strategy for Adel Taarabt to exploit the space behind their midfield and he did well. But to come out and concede a goal at the start of the second half really killed us.

"If we had beaten West Ham, they would probably be in the same situation.

"There are other teams [near the bottom] and there will be other managers [under pressure] in the next couple of weeks. But you need to get out of that situation and we didn't today. Again."

Win lifts West Ham spirits - Allardyce

The defeat means Fulham stay in the bottom three but the Hammers, who were only above the Cottagers on goal difference before kick-off, climb to 15th.

West Ham's victory ended a run of five league games without a win, during which they only managed two goals.

Manager Sam Allardyce has also come in for criticism in recent weeks and he had sympathy for Jol afterwards.

"You cannot be in our game without feeling something for each other when things are not going our way," the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager said.

"It is a lonely old job when you are trying to find the right solution to poor results.

"If it is going bad, it is your responsibility no matter whether you've got injuries, no matter whether you should have signed this player or that one before the deadline.

"It is no excuse in the end, even though it is an excuse for not getting the result everybody expects."