Fulham boss Scott Parker was pleased with his players’ commitment as the Whites overcame QPR 2-1 in the west London derby.
A double from stand-in striker Abou Kamara – in for the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic – was sufficient to secure all three points at Craven Cottage.
Kamara netted in the 27th and 63rd minutes to ease early concerns for the Whites, who went a goal behind with just three minutes gone when Jordan Hugill forced the ball home.
Fulham now sit in fourth place, just four points behind Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion.
“I thought the first 15-20 minutes we were really poor. QPR started very well and we changed things but the longer the first half went on we were better,” said Parker.
“The second half we put in a performance that was worthy of the win. We had a few words at half time as we were a bit sloppy and we didn’t pick up second balls.”
And Parker paid tribute to Kamara in particular who has struggled for game time this season.
“I’m really pleased for him and the fact you have to manage Abou differently,” Parker said.
“When he goes over the white line he gives you everything. The reality here rather than the perception from outside is that he’s a well respected and appreciated member of the squad. He’s not been involved a lot this season but he’s a grafter and works hard.”
Despite the three points against local rivals, Parker isn’t getting carried away.
“Tonight’s game was a bit different to the Hull game (when Fulham lost 3-0 recently),” he said.
“My team showed a real desire tonight. We have players who are flamboyant, but you need something deep rooted and that’s a mentality and a desire which makes good football clubs.
“I’ve seen a side to us that is top and a side that is a work in progress,” he noted. “It’s important in this league to have a good mentality and drive.
“We lost most games last year in the Premier League because we never had any momentum. We’re building foundations.”