Marcelo Djalo was delighted to make his league debut for Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday – and help Slavisa Jokanovic’s side extend their unbeaten run by repelling Millwall’s aerial assault as a second half substitute.
The Spanish centre back, who had featured in the League Cup earlier this morning, got his first taste of Championship action when he replaced Neeskens Kebano with twelve minutes to play as Fulham sought to hold onto the lead given to them on the stroke of half-time by Ollie Norwood’s penalty. Djalo told the club’s official website that he’ll never forget the experience:
For me it was amazing to play for this club, on this pitch, in this shirt. It’s incredible, and I’m very happy because for me it was the first time playing here in the Championship. It’s amazing.
The situation was not easy because they had more strikers, more long balls. This can be a more nervous situation for all the players, and I think these three points are very, very vital. The team is very happy with this win.
The 23 year-old, a summer signing from Spanish second division side Club Deportivo Lugo, revealed that head coach Jokanovic has been boosting the belief among the Fulham squad.
The Gaffer is always very positive. The message to the team is be confident, play our style, and be competitive. It’s a good three points, a very, very important win.
The team is feeling strong. We’re going to train hard and be focused, because every game is very important for us. When you win, everything is better. We have to keep going in this moment, the season is very long so we have to keep going, keep going, match by match.