Fulham captain Scott Parker lauded Dimitar Berbatov’s superb performance after the Bulgarian striker inspired Fulham to a vital win over Aston Villa this afternoon.

The former Manchester United forward laid on the opening goal for ex-Aston Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell and then casually converted a penalty after Alex Kacaniklic was brought down by Leandro Bacuna. Berbatov has been linked with a move away from relegation-threatened Fulham in the January transfer window, but his performance – like the display he turned in on Wednesday against Tottenham – was that of a man fully committed to the cause.

It was very good. We all know the quality he has. He was exceptional again today and was on Wednesday.

We all need to put in a shift and he’s part of the team and we need to carry on from where we’ve left off today. We all knew how important today was, we put in a shift and got the three points. We needed to pick up some points. We had a good performance on Wednesday and followed up with a win.

Parker believes that new manager Rene Meulensteen has had an immediate impact in the seven days since he took over from Martin Jol.

We’ve tried different formations since he’s took charge. There’s versatility in the squad, we all put in a shift and hopefully it’s working now.