Aleksandar Mitrović believes Fulham showed enough on Saturday to suggest we can be a force in the top flight.
The Whites had 15 shots to Crystal Palace’s 12, but some clinical finishing from the visitors earned them a 2-0 victory at Craven Cottage.
“We had a good day, we played good football, but this is the Premier League,” Mitrović told fulhamfc.com. “We made two mistakes and they punished us and won the game.
“We had chances but their ‘keeper was amazing, he saved everything. I think we had a good day but they had more Premier League experience, they knew what they wanted to do, and they punished us.
“Of course we are not happy but I still think we had a good day and we will try to learn from this game and I think if we keep playing like this we won’t have a problem this season.”
Wayne Hennessey unsurprisingly won his club’s official man of the match award for his heroics between the sticks.
The goalkeeper was Mitrović’s tormenter-in-chief at the weekend, pulling off a plethora of top saves to keep the Fulham number nine out.
And when it was put to him that on another day he could have walked away with the match ball, Mitrović replied: “I had some half chances, one good chance, so if I was a bit luckier I could have had a hat-trick, but I would have been happy if I’d scored one.
“I didn’t score but, to be honest, the last 20 minutes I didn’t have that much power because I didn’t go through all of pre-season.
“But the first 60-70 minutes I felt good, I thought the players used me very well around the box, we created a lot of chances, we were unlucky not to score.
“But I say again, if we play like this I think we will be fine this season.”
Despite the defeat, a glance on social media shows that the Fulham faithful spotted the positives from the performance, something that was evident in the Cottage forecourt post-match, with the players still radiating plenty of optimism.
“The mood is not nice after losing the game but we saw that we can deal with Premier League teams,” Mitrović stated. “I think we were the better team for most of the game.
“If we play like this we can deal with every club in the Premier League. We know that it’s going to be hard, it was hard against Palace and every game will be hard, but we are ready.
“We showed we can handle Premier League clubs, we can play against them, we have quality to compete with them.
“We have some more players to come and settle in, and I think as the season goes on we will get better and better.”
Mitrović’s affection for Craven Cottage and the Fulham fans has been plain to see since he initially arrived on loan at the start of the year, and he was pleased to get back out there for the Whites, this time as a Premier League player.
“It was nice, a good atmosphere like always,” he said. “The stadium was full, they stayed behind us even when we were 2-0 down, they kept with us until the last minute, and we really appreciated that.
“I just want to say that we need to stick together, to be one club, one team all together. Like last season we need to stay with one another and go through this season all together.
“Of course there are going to be nice moments, bad moments – that’s football. We are Fulham and we need to stick together until the end.”