Chris Coleman has called on his Fulham side to keep springing surprises in the top flight after they came from behind to beat Bolton and hold onto fourth place in the Premiership.

The Londoners are very much this season’s surprise package and scored twice in two minutes to claim another three points having trailed Sam Allardyce’s side. Coleman’s men were widely tipped as relegation fodder before a ball was kicked this term but Fulham now have a three-point lead over fifth placed Charlton.

Coleman told his post-match press conference at Loftus Road:

“The critics are ignoring us now and pretending we’re not even there. But we’re halfway through the season in another four games so we must be doing something right. We’ve been consistent, although not absolutely brilliant in any games. It’s only the last three games in which we’re unbeaten but teams have to have their players at 100 per cent to beat us. Now we’ve got to keep picking up as many points as we can.”

The Fulham boss admitted his side were well below their best against Bolton this afternoon.

“We know we were fortunate. We were poor for 75 minutes and Bolton were 1-0 up and deserved to be. But we had a lot of strong characters out there, kept fighting and scrapping and got our reward.”