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Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen hailed youngster Dan Burn for a calm league debut at Arsenal – saying the defender’s performance was one of many reasons why his side could take heart from the 2-0 defeat.

The Fulham boss agreed Emirates Stadium was not the easiest of venues to make your first start in the Premier League, but said he had every faith the 21-year-old would vindicate the decision.

“He earned the right to start today,” Meulensteen said. “He had two fantastic performances in the cup against Norwich and I think he did ever so well – fantastic.

“It was a great experience for him and hopefully he can kick on from this.

“We’ve taken a lot of heart from this performance and a lot of positives. We were well organised and defended well, but we always know that Arsenal do have the quality that if you switch off just for one moment, and don’t track runners, it can cost you.

“I was disappointed with the second goal. At 1-0, I thought we could still nick a goal, but it wasn’t to be.”

The Fulham boss added: “I thought we did ever so well. We were up against a top top side who have had a fantastic season so far. We know what they’re capable of but I think we limited them.

“After the strong start they had, I thought we were comfortable at times and if we had produced a bit more quality ourselves, then we could have maybe nicked a goal in the first half.

“We have been a bit inconsistent, winning, losing, winning losing, but some of the performances have been very very good – when we shouldn’t have lost – and I think that showed today.”