Slavisa Jokanovic heaped praise on the tireless work of Kevin McDonald after the Scottish midfielder produced a superb display to nullify Leeds United at Craven Cottage last night.

The Serbian head coach identified McDonald’s role at the base of his progressive midfield as one of the key positions in the side and claimed that the newly-capped Scotland international doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. The former Wolves midfielder grabbed a rare goal – although he knew little about his effort that broke the deadlock after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s firm header from Matt Targett’s corner flew in off his backside.

The Fulham boss waxed lyrical about McDonald’s importance to the side during his post-match press conference:

He has done great work for the team. He tries to find some balance, it’s not an easy job for him because he must cover a big space. He must always have a high level.

If you’ve followed Fulham all season you can recognise his value, his work. Normally you ask me about players who score the goals, about Ryan Sessegnon and Tom Cairney. Nobody asks about him but he’s an important player for us and did a great job.