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Mark Hughes was delighted that his Fulhaam side took the opportunity to build on Sunday’s draw against Manchester United by scoring six against Port Vale last night.

Hughes set the tone by sleecting a strong side for the League Cup second round tie, only making three changes from the weekend, and Fulham were far too good for their League Two opponents.

It is important after games like this to make the headlines for the right reasons and we have done that because we approached it in the correct manner. We showed the competition the respect it deserves and I was really pleased with what we produced.

There were some outstanding goals and some great finishes. There some really good progressive play and that augurs well for the future.

I didn’t want to make too many changes. It is early in the season and not the time of year to be resting players.

The Fulham manager reserved special praise for young left-back Matthew Briggs, who delivered a fine cross for Zoltan Gera to open the scoring.

I felt it was an opportunity to have a look at him (Briggs). I am trying to see what we have got in terms of quality.

He is a young man I haven’t seen a great deal of. I have been impressed in training and he acquitted himself really well.

He was instrumental in the first goal with a great cross and he did himself no harm tonight.