Roy Hodgson was relieved that his Fulham side survived a stern examination at the hands of Kettering Town and reached round five of the FA Cup.
He said: “A draw here would have been a defeat in our minds. But the players showed they have enough fight and character to come back and win a game when at 2-2 we were fearing the worst.
“But we’ve still had just one defeat in 13 and we have to take a lot of pride from that.
The players had to dig deep and while it wasn’t the fun occasion some might have dreamt of, it was a thoroughly professional performance.
“Anything other than professional preparation could have seen an upset on the cards.”
Hodgson put Fulham’s late show down to the arrival from the bench of Danny Murphy and Zamora in the last 20 minutes, both of them getting on the scoresheet, albeit Murphy with the help of a cruel deflection.
Hodgson said: “Kettering put us under a lot of pressure and there was always the danger that we might make a mistake but I think we were good value for our four goals.”