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Cottagers boss Chris ColemanĀ applauded Petrov’s ‘clever play’ which he believed fooled Foy into awarding Villa’s spot-kick.

‘We didn’t think it was a penalty, of course,’ Coleman said. ‘Clever play from Petrov, got his leg tangled up with Liam. But the referee has to see that.’

Coleman had nothing but praise for his side’s response, however, saying: ‘We came here with a plan and it worked – and we’re delighted.

‘I’ve been saying this all season about this group of lads: we don’t know when we’re beaten at the minute. There’s more resilience and keep grinding it out.

‘That’s the belief in the team and we’ve shown that today.’

Fulham have now taken five points from the last three games and Coleman believes a radical rethink on how his side prepare for matches is behind their good form.

He said: ‘We’re doing everything differently. It wasn’t rocket science after the points we had last year.

‘We looked at what we could across the board in terms of travel, eating times, training times when playing away games.

‘The points we’ve had away from home is already the same as we had throughout the whole of last season.

‘We’re more resilient. We’re very strong at the centre of defence.

‘We can build on that.’

However, he refused to get carried away, urging his players to keep their feet on the ground