It was a bittersweet evening for Sean Kavanagh on Wednesday night against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The young Irishman was handed his Fulham debut at left-back in the clash with Wolves at the Cottage but saw the men from Molineux depart with all three points in a 1-0 win.
The result meant the Whites have lost all three of their opening games of the new Sky Bet Championship season.
“It was a proud moment to make my debut but it would have made it a lot better to win,” the 20-year-old told the official website.
“I was confident going out there. The Manager put his trust in me so fair play to him. I was happy enough with my display but the team performance and the three points is the most important thing. We go again on Saturday and try and get three points at Derby County.
“We kept the ball well against Wolves and that was a positive but the result is the main thing. That’s been the story of our season so far so we just need to get back into training and sort things out for Saturday. We have to improve in the next few weeks.”
Fulham fell behind in the 15th minute to a well-rehearsed corner routine and Kavanagh admitted: “To lose the game on that type of goal was frustrating. We need to work on things like that.
“Wolves were hard to play against. They know their jobs and they work hard over the 90 minutes. Fair play to them but we’re disappointed again.”
Despite the defeat, Kavanagh turned in a good display, although an eighth-minute booking meant he had to curb his enthusiasm.
“I couldn’t really make any tackles after that so I had to be careful and calm down,” he stated. “I didn’t think I’d get booked so early on.”
Kavanagh struggled with injuries last season, making just eight appearances for Fulham’s Under-21 side. However, he battled back to fitness and his debut was just reward for his hard work at Motspur Park throughout the summer months.
“It’s nice to get back playing,” said Kavanagh. “As a young lad you just want to get as many games as you can.
“Hopefully I can keep my place for Derby. They’re a good side, especially at home, as we saw last year. We’ll go there and try and get a good result. Once we get those first three points we’ll be flying.”