Lucas Piazon was delighted to get off the mark for Fulham this season with a special goal that settled the nerves of a young side last night at Wycombe Wanderers.
The Brazilian forward, beginning a second successive loan spell from Chelsea, was one of the more experienced faces in a youthful line-up selected by Slavisa Jokanovic for the League Cup tie at Adams Park and his rasping 25 yard drive eventually emphasised Fulham’s Championship quality. Speaking to FulhamFCTV after the game at Adams Park, Piazon was pleased with how his team-mates stuck to the task:
I think it went well. It was not an easy game, in the first half we had a few problems but I think we created a few chances as well and we just tried to keep playing in the second half and tried to get the goals.
Piazon described his excellent strike, after being teed up by a clever pass from Cauley Woodrow, as one of the best he’d ever scored.
I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and I was really happy. The touch was the most important part for me. I saw that I had the space and Cauley could find me in a good position. I just tried to get the best touch that I could and then just tried to hit as hard as I can and I was happy with the finish, It was definitely one of my best goals I have scored.
The loanee, who filled the number ten role often occupied by skipper Tom Cairney last night, spoke again of his delight of being back at Craven Cottage for another year.
We all had a good season last season and I was really happy to come back. I am just trying to keep improving and hopefully we will have the same success we had last season.
It was a hard one to take. We were very disappointed after the Reading game. We felt a bit unlucky as well, so it made it even worse for us. The season just started. We have the opportunity to go again and we will work hard and do our best every game, week-by-week and try to be promoted.
Piazon was full of praise for Fulham’s three academy graduates who made their professional debuts last night – goalkeeper Marek Rodak, full-back Stephen Sessegnon and midfielder Matt O’Riley.
I believe they did very well today. They had a good opportunity to be playing first-team football and I believe they did a very good job. I’m happy for them.