Fulham returned to winning ways in emphatic style by smashing Scunthorpe United 4-1 at Glanford Park this afternoon.

The Whites dispelled doubts about their promotion credentials following demoralising defeats at Colchester and Torquay in the past eleven days by producing a clinical away display. Darren Freeman almost gave the Londoners the lead but saw his early effort cleared off the goal line. Nick Cusack heads the visitors in front in the fifth minute from a Paul Watson corner before top scorer Mike Conroy doubled the line with a venomous close-range volley after being allowed the time and space to bring down a long throw from Rob Scott. Mark Blake made the three points safe by converting a penalty five minutes before the break after Freeman was felled in the box.

The Iron did reduce their arrears eleven minutes from time through Lee Turnball but Fulham went straight down the other end and scored a fourth. Scott impudently chipped David Lucas after latching onto a flick from skipper Simon Morgan.

A beaming Adams praised Fulham’s travelling support after this comprehensive victory: “It was an absolutely fabulous day. The fans made it into a Cup final, they were unbelievable”.

SCUNTHORPE UNITED: Lucas; Hope, Walsh, Bradley (Galvin 85), Knill, Wilson; Housham, Clarkson, Turnbull; Baker, Eyre (Paterson 66). Subs (not used): Calvo-Garcia.

BOOKED: Wilson, Housham, Baker, Turnbull.

GOAL: Turnbull (79).

FULHAM: Lange; Watson, Cullip, Blake; Cockerill (Thomas 66), Cusack, Morgan, Carpenter; Scott, Freeman, Conroy. Subs (not used): Mison, Brooker.

BOOKED: Conroy.

GOALS: Cusack (4), Conroy (32), Blake (pen 40), Scott (82).