Fulham hailed his old school strikers as Heidar Helguson and Brian McBride gave the West Brom defence a torrid time as the Whites hit six at Craven Cottage.

Heidar Helguson scored two – with a third given as a Curtis Davies own goal but definitely one destined for a Premier League ruling – and Tomasz Radzinski and substitute Collins John (two) also got on the scoresheet.

The 28-year-old Icelander and his strike partner Brian McBride were a handful for Albion all afternoon and Coleman was full of praise of his powerful pair.

“They are like throwbacks to the old days,” said Coleman. “I liken them to strikers I used to play against in my day. They are big strong boys, they attack the ball and don’t give defenders a minute’s peace.

“If we put the ball in the box, they will get goals. They caused havoc at Manchester United last week and did the same here. Of course it was a hat-trick for Helguson, there is no doubt about it.

“He’s had to bide his time and wait for a chance and was getting frustrated through limited chances but he got his opportunity and has not looked back. He’s a tough bugger and I think a few of their lads found that out today.”

But he refused to accept his side were safe from relegation even though they are now 12 points clear of Portsmouth.

“We don’t accept that yet,” said Coleman. “You can go on a bad run of games without a win and if the teams at the bottom win two on the bounce, the margin is cut to six points. We have just got to keep on winning.

“Take nothing away from my team – they were great. Being two up at half-time can be a funny score line but we said to them at half-time don’t sit back, go for more goals and they did. It was a great result.”