Richard Stearman believes the sweat and graft put in on the Motspur Park training ground shone through at the Riverside Stadium as Fulham shut out free-scoring Middlesbrough.
The Whites frustrated their hosts throughout the 90 minutes on Saturday and could even have taken all three points late on, but a goalless draw on Teesside was still a respectable outcome.
“We knew it was going to be a very tough game today,” Stearman told fulhamfc.com. “They are right up there and have scored a lot of goals so to get a point, and keep a clean sheet as well, we are very pleased with that.
“We've worked very hard over these past couple of weeks since the last game, certainly defensively, after what we thought was two points dropped against Charlton due to a couple of defensive errors.
“Today you could see the work that we put in and the result we had was very impressive.”
The Whites now return to the Cottage in a matter of days when Leeds United visit, and the defender is eagerly anticipating getting back on home soil.
“We've given our away fans something to cheer about with a point, and a very well earned one too,” he said. “We're looking forward to the game on Wednesday now and hopefully we can pick up three points.”
Leeds come to SW6 on the back of a defeat to league leaders Brighton & Hove Albion, and struggling towards the bottom of the table, but Stearman knows they are still a tough proposition.
“There are no easy games in the Championship,” he insisted. “Leeds will bring a lot of fans down, so it's going to be a tough game but hopefully one we can come away with three points from.”