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Scott Parker saluted Fulham’s hard work during pre-season after the Whites thrashed Millwall 4-0 at Craven Cottage tonight.

The Fulham boss felt his players were reaping the rewards of a strenuous pre-season programme and believes that his side have swiftly absorbed the lessons of their opening day slip up at Barnsley. The comprehensive victory over Millwall lifted Fulham to third in the table – and the manager was delighted with the manner of his team’s success.

The most pleasing thing is all the work that has gone in over the last 10 weeks you finally see your team execute against a good Millwall side who have started their season well. Full credit goes to the players who have been superb.

Momentum is with us. We are winning football matches, that’s three on the bounce now, and confidence is high and long may that continue. This league is relentless. Tonight is good of course but four games in we have a long way to go. This has been a good night but come tomorrow we work it away.

The victory owed much to the outstanding wing play of new signings Ivan Cavaleiro, who scored twice, and Anthony Knockaert, who opened his Fulham account with a header. Parker praised the Fulham hierarchy for bringing in those two players, who have a history of success in the Championship, on loan over the summer.

It’s so important to bring in those type of players. That’s credit to the owners who identified the mistakes we made last year in terms of recruitment. We have signed players who tick boxes and who you know what you are getting. You limit the risk and they have fitted in really well. All the new boys have fitted in superbly.