Lucas Piazon believes Fulham should approach their next two games in an upbeat mood after fighting back with 10 men to draw against Reading.
The Whites had defender Tomas Kalas sent off inside the first minute at the Madejski Stadium, but earned their second successive draw in the Championship thanks to Piazon’s late strike.
Fulham travel to Leeds United on Tuesday, before taking on another of the fancied promotion contenders, Sheffield Wednesday, at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
The Brazilian midfielder, who also netted in Fulham’s Carabao Cup victory at Wycombe last week, said: “With a man down for 90 minutes, to go back home with one point is a positive thing.
“The boys fought very hard. We knew to defend with one man down for 90 minutes would be tough – sometimes 10 minutes with 10 men is difficult, so imagine 90 minutes.
“We just kept fighting and it felt good at the end. It’s important to start well and we need to go into Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday with a positive mentality to win the games.”
Fulham were forced to regroup after just 35 seconds, when Kalas was red-carded for hauling down Mo Barrow, but still restricted Reading to minimal few scoring opportunities.
Piazon added: “Credit to everyone – I was on the pitch for 25 to 30 minutes, so I had more legs than everyone else and I was just trying to push them a little bit higher up the pitch.”