A delighted Scott Parker felt Fulham’s performance at Portman Road ‘ticked a lot of boxes’ as the Whites eased past Ipswich to book a place in the third round of the League Cup.

The Premier League side progressed thanks to a first half header from skipper Aleksandar Mitrovic. The birthday boy powered home his 50th goal for Fulham from a fine cross by debutante Kenny Tete and, although the visitors probably should have killed off the contest long before the end, Parker was pleased with the night’s work.

The Fulham head coach told his post-match press conference:

It was a good win, a good performance all round. It ticked a lot of boxes tonight in terms of new players coming in, getting fitness and some minutes under their belt. And obviously getting a clean sheet and winning will only serve us well. It’s still early stages, but you always want to win football matches, no matter when they are.

He singled out Fulham’s two new full-backs for particular praise.

I was delighted with the two boys to be fair. Antonee Robinson was attack minded, same with Kenny Tete. Both were fantastic today and gave us a real purpose about us by attacking with speed and putting in good deliveries. The goal came from that, so overall I’m very pleased. It was a lovely ball in from Kenny and that’s what Mitro thrives on, them headers. It was a good performance overall from Mitro, he worked hard today, along with the debutants as well.

Parker felt Fulham were powerful in the middle of the park, with new signing Mario Lemina and the returning Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa getting through plenty of work to put themselves in contention for a starting spot at Leeds on Saturday.

Anguissa, Lemina, the power and quality that they have with the ball. We realise the qualities you need in the Premier League and they both tick the boxes of what we need. We’ve got to get them up to speed, they’ve not had a lot of training, so need to get some work in their legs, and this game was perfect for that. Hopefully they’ll only get stronger.