Chris Coleman hailed Jimmy Bullard as his best ever signing after the midfielder’s brilliant free kick beat Sheffield United to secure Fulham’s first win of the season.

The former Wigan midfielder, who has been mentioned in some quarters as a possible England international, followed up his late penalty against Bolton with a curling free-kick against the Blades to help a nervy Fulham register three points against Neil Warnock’s side. Coleman is still counting his blessings that he was able to bring the 27 year-old to Craven Cottage.

“The best £2m quid we’ve spent. Half a dozen Premiership clubs also wanted him.” The message was, ‘get him to the training ground and don’t let him leave until he signs.'”

“He’s very bubbly, non-stop, always larking about. You need somebody like that, especially after last week when Manchester United wiped the floor with us. He was lively as ever on Monday. I thought we had twins on the pitch he covered so much ground. He was outstanding. We have to get him to slow down sometimes because he wants to do too much; we’ve got to get the reins on him.”