John Pantsil thinks the credit should go to Roy Hodgson for his magnificent first season at Fulham.

The Ghana right back was hardly a regular at West Ham and was expected to be second choice behind Swedish international Fredrik Stoor when he was signed in the summer. But Pantsil made the first-team shirt his own with a string of superb displays and reckons that his manager has brought his game on no end.

It’s not because I’m playing under him that I praise him but what has he has done for me is what every player needs in his life. He’s given me an opportunity and the chance to play and when I’ve made mistakes we’ve studied the video and he’s told me what to do next time.

You need to play and learn. No one is perfect in football and you need someone to stand behind you whenever you’re gong wrong. The manager has improved me as a player, especially in my tackling and the right moments to attack and defend.

I’m very happy that people back home and here say that my game has improved. I’m having a good time at Fulham and that’s down to the fans, my colleagues in the team and the management at the club.