BOSS Scott Parker responded to comments over Cherries fouling players in situations and added: “This league brings aggression.”

The Cherries head coach was speaking after Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton insisted forward Chris Willock was “fouled consistently” by the Dorset club at Vitality Stadium last week.

Cardiff boss Mick McCarthy also said Jefferson Lerma should have been sent off after a “naughty” challenge during Cherries’ 1-0 victory in Wales last weekend.

Asked about the comments from rival bosses about his team’s fouls, Parker told the Daily Echo: “You have got to be good at that side of the game, that’s what I ask from my team really, an all-round team.

“I disagree and you’d expect me to disagree I suppose, I’m quite honest, I didn’t see the Jefferson Lerma one in being a red card to be honest with you.

“It’s part of the game, in terms of where we need to be, we need to match aggression with aggression. This league brings aggression.

“In this league you play against teams that play in certain ways. You have to front up and match them for that and I think we did that very well.”

On the flip side, experienced boss McCarthy also said he believed Cherries were “almost the perfect Championship team”.

Responding to that comment, Parker replied: “It’s a good compliment.

“To be fair, I thought our performance was exactly that against Cardiff to be honest with you in the sense of I felt it was a team that came with a style that we had to match and be around and obviously get amongst it and do that side of the game.

“I thought we did that very, very well. Have we improved from where we were at the beginning of the season against teams that showed that style? Definitely.

“West Brom comes to mind, where I think there’s been a big improvement in that. We showed that side to us.

“And then on the flip side, did we have an identity about us, did we show our quality? Yeah, we did. So I think, regarding that performance, definitely that was the case.

“But I still feel, I see it, I know it, I know there’s still more to come.

“I know there’s still areas of improvement where we need to improve and we’re doing that every day in training to try and get to levels which are beyond these ones we are at currently.”

Cherries host Luton Town in the Championship tomorrow (3pm).