An ‘exhausted’ Pavel Pogrebnyak admitted that he had never been so tired after a game than following his outstanding display against QPR on Saturday that sealed Fulham’s league double over their west London neighbours.

The Russian striker scored the only goal of the game, a clever seventh-minute finish, to add to his debut goal against Stoke City and continue his fine start at Fulham. But Pogrebnyak was candid enough to reveal to Sport-Express that he is still coming to terms with the physicality of the Premier League and the intensity of English football.

I haven’t been this exhausted for a long time. The match was very intense, hardly any pauses. Tough challenges and big powerful defenders are difficult to adjust to initially.

Pogrebnyak also praised Fulham’s 3,000 travelling fans who spurred Martin Jol’s side on to a rare away success.

Aside from that, I was very pleased with the support – I have never seen so many away fans at a stadium. I am in a great mood, of course. I never expected to get off to such a good start. Hopefully my form will continue.