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Ross McCormack was delighted to get off the mark by scoring Fulham’s winner at Brentford tonight – and credits Felix Magath’s intensive training regime for getting him fitter than he has ever been.

The Scottish international’s first goal for his new club was enough to put the Whites in the hat for the third round of the Capital One Cup and secure Fulham’s first win of a tough season so far. McCormack, who moved to Fulham from Leeds in the summer for a fee that could rise to £11m, feels he is in the best shape of his life.

His fitness is different to any fitness work I have done in the past. Since I have come here, I have lost a stone since the end of the last season. That has been good, maybe I am seeing the benefits of that now I am getting a few games under my belt my sharpness is coming back. Hopefully it is good enough now.

McCormack said the flack Magath has taken during Fulham’s poor start to the season was to be expected – but believes the team can build on tonight’s result at Griffin Park.

He has been getting a lot of criticism but he will take that on the chin because he is the manager of a big football club, that is part and parcel of it. We have got a lot of young players in the team but that is no excuse for getting beaten 5-1 at Derby. He will enjoy tonight but it is the league that counts.

The forward was delighted to get off the mark – belting an advertising hoarding for good measure before celebrating his excellent finish wildly in front of the travelling supporters.

Last season I scored a lot of goals and it has been frustrating the first few games because I have not even had a chance, let alone a goal. It was nice to get a goal and hopefully we can use the first win of the season as a springboard.