Matchwinner Clint Dempsey hailed Fulham’s all-round display after the Cottagers registered an easy victory over lacklustre Wigan.

The American headed home a fine cross from Carlos Salcido in the 30th minute before converting another good assist from fellow full-back Chris Baird a minute before the break.

The convincing victory ended a two-game losing run for Fulham and moved the hard-working Cottagers up from the bottom five to eighth in the Premier League.

Afterwards Dempsey said that Mark Hughes’ men came out and pressed as hard as they could, chose their moments when to get forward, put the opposition under pressure and made it difficult for the Latics to play out of the back.

“Also we wanted to get more crosses in the box and the two goals that I scored were great crosses and without that I wouldn’t have been in a position to score,” he said, adding he thought his headed goal to open the scoring was his best of the day.

He added: “It’s always good to get the first one out of the way, another good ball in by Carlos – it’s the second goal I’ve scored off a cross from him.

“So that was probably my best goal of the day but the most important thing was that we got the three points and we are looking to replicate that performance in the future.”

Although the Cottagers were not able to get a third goal in the second period, Dempsey thought Fulham did a good job of managing the game.

“Even though we weren’t able to kill the game off in the sense of getting the third, we were able to keep a clean sheet which is important after having two defeats and it is something to build upon for the future.

“We feel that we are a team that should be in the top half and it was good to get the points to move us out of the position that we were in.”