Fulham boss Chris Coleman saluted Fulham’s character as his side produced a top-drawer performance to beat Everton and secure Premier League safety for another season.

The Whites won 2-0 at Craven Cottage, inflicting serious damage to Everton’s Champions’ League hopes, thanks to goals from Collins John and Brian McBride, who are showing signs of blossoming into a serious strike partnership. Coleman’s side survived the late sending off of midfielder Papa Bouba Diop for two bookings to claim a precious three points.

Coleman told the BBC afterwards: “It was good to see players show a bit of character they have sometimes lacked this season. We’ve lacked consistency and too many players have been inconsistent but I know the direction I want to go in. The players just have to realise they must roll up their sleeves and go to war if they play for Fulham.”