Fulham boss Chris Coleman saluted two-goal hero Andy Cole after the veteran forward secured a vital victory over Crystal Palace.

Cole’s brace took his Premiership tally to eight, although in truth he could have bagged at least two more had he shown a little composure.

Coleman said: “Getting Cole was a good bit of business for us. Opposition defenders always have that fear factor of him – even if he’s having a poor match he can score a goal.

“You have to be patient with him sometimes but he was outstanding in the second half today,” he added.

Coleman entered Saturday’s match under considerable pressure following a run of six defeats from the last eight games – including three successive Premiership losses – but he revealed he has been given the full backing of the Fulham board.

“We were expected to do better this season. No disrespect to teams like Palace but they’re expected to be fighting relegation, but we’re not,” he said.

“There’s pressure on me but that’s the job. I had a meeting with one or two of the board yesterday and there’s money there to spend – more than I thought actually. It’s nice to get their backing.”

Fulham have offered new contracts to van der Sar and Luis Boa Morte while Coleman also hopes to strengthen the squad with the addition of at least one more player.