Fulham boss Scott Parker praised the reaction of his players following their third consecutive win since a dismal home defeat by Hull at the beginning of November.
The Whites eased past Derby with goals from Bobby Decordova-Reid, Aleksandar Mitrović and Tom Cairney, but it was the manner in which they stifled the visitors’ attacks that the head coach was most satisfied with.
“After the Hull game, we all held our hands up and said we underperformed,” he said. “We weren’t the team we are, and we weren’t the team that I wanted us to be.
“We needed a reaction against Birmingham – we got that – and then against QPR. Now we’ve gone and won three on the bounce, which is massive for us.
“We’ve showed another side to us tonight, and all week. We got the result, but in the first 20 minutes it was evident that we were a little bit fortunate, to be honest. We had big gaps in the way we played, and it’s something we’ve worked on in the past couple of days.
“But what pleased me the most was executing the gameplan tonight, limiting them to no shots on target. That was the foundation, the base, and from there we had quality to build attacks and be deadly.”
It marked the second time this season that Fulham have strung together a trio of wins in a row, as victory lifted them up to third in the Championship ahead of their trip to promotion rivals Swansea on Friday night.