The 2015/16 season has been a frustrating one for Cauley Woodrow, so he was understandably delighted to play a starring role in Fulham’s 4-1 win over Rotherham United on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old, making his first league start of the campaign, scored two tidy finishes either side of a Farrend Rawson equaliser for the Millers, before teeing up Alexander Kačaniklić for number three.
His strike partner Ross McCormack then blasted home a clinical fourth to earn Fulham a first victory in 10 games.
“The result is absolutely massive for us,” Woodrow told the official website. “Obviously we really needed to get a win, so for us to do that like we did out there, everyone was absolutely buzzing in the changing room.
“We need to build on that and how we're feeling and continue to get more wins, which I think we can do.”
Woodrow must enjoy playing against Rotherham, as he’s now scored four goals in his three matches against them.
“It’s nice for me to get two goals,” he admitted. “I've waited a long time for my chance and was really glad to get it.
“To score having been given the shot is great for me, especially with the way that I took them.”
With Moussa Dembélé having been the preferred option to partner McCormack up top, Woodrow has featured in the last three Under-21 games, scoring in the two most recent.
“I went and played two games for the 21s away at Colchester and Brighton and scored some goals,” he said. “I played in those games to get fitness and it was very important for me to do that.
“For me to get rewarded for that and get to play in the First Team was nice and then to score, it was extra special for me personally.”
There was a particularly interested spectator at the Cottage on Tuesday as Slaviša Jokanović watched on prior to officially taking charge of the team.
“He came into the dressing room [before kick-off] and introduced himself and we did the same to him,” Woodrow said. “He told us to be solid and show commitment and hunger.
“He kept it short and wished us luck out there.”
Fulham are back at the Cottage for the first game of the New Year when Sheffield Wednesday visit on Saturday.
The Owls currently sit nine points ahead of us in the Sky Bet Championship standings, but Woodrow insists his side will take plenty of momentum from their recent win.
“We're confident after the Rotherham match,” he stated. “We need to get more wins and we have the chance to do that straight away against Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday.
“The following games are going to be huge for us, to kick on from this result and move forward.”
Tickets for Saturday's game are available for supporters to buy on General Sale, priced from £25 adults and £15 juniors.