Michael Madl’s delight at scoring on his home debut was made all the sweeter by his family’s presence at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
The Austrian defender came off the bench to head in the second against Charlton Athletic, a goal which was sandwiched by an exquisite Tom Cairney brace to secure a 3-0 win for Fulham.
Speaking to the official website, Madl said: “My parents and my brother were watching me for the first time here, too, so it was a special moment for me.
“It was a great feeling to play for the first time here at Craven Cottage. To score is a special feeling for me because I’m not a goal-getter like Rossco or Moussa, so it was a great feeling. We’re all very happy to take a win.”
After the all-round disappointment of the previous game, the Whites put in a markedly improved attacking display to see off their London rivals on Saturday, and Madl was relieved his side gave a much-needed response to the Blackburn Rovers performance.
“It was very, very important,” he explained. “We said beforehand that this was a very important game and I think, especially second half, we played very well and the win was deserved.
“We have to play like this every game. I think we showed it against QPR and against Charlton, and we have to play like this every time. If we manage to do that then we are a very good Championship team.”