Dimitar Berbatov has called on Fulham to use their lunchtime victory over Stoke as a springboard for a successful finish to the season.

The Bulgarian striker’s ninth goal since his August move to Craven Cottage from Manchester United – a stunning volley in first half stoppage time – secured all three points for Fulham but Berbatov insisted that the victory would amount to little if they were unable to record a run of results to lift Martin Jol’s side into the top half:

Today was important but it’s not going to mean much if we lose the next game. Today we played very good football. We know Stoke play the long ball and have strong players but we managed it very well and got the three points, which is most important.

The 32 year-old also played down suggestions that his sublime volley was anything out of the ordinary by telling reporters that he produces similar strikes that fly past Mark Schwarzer regularly in training.

I practice it in training. It’s just a moment when you need to do something special – and you do it.