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A beaming Josh Maja was delighted with his ‘dream’ full debut for Fulham after his double secured the Whites’ first ever league win at Goodison Park.

The new Fulham front man, deputising for Aleksandar Mitrovic who has tested positive for coronavirus, grabbed a pair of second half goals as Scott Parker’s side utterly dominated a badly below-par Everton to revitalise their survival prospects. Maja, who moved to Craven Cottage on loan from Bordeaux on transfer deadline day, scored twice from close range as the Londoners moved to within seven points of safety with a fine win.

The former Sunderland striker, who had spent time with Fulham’s academy as a teenager, told BT Sport after the final whistle:

“It is a big one. We came into the game wanting to win it. We have not had the results we wanted – and our performances deserved better. We are very happy with the win.

“We took our chances when it came and put in another good performance again. We want to continue like this. For the whole ninety minutes, the guys worked hard and stuck to the gameplan.

“This is a night I have been dreaming about for a long time – especially last night. I had a feeling it was coming and I’m pleased it became a reality. Wins give the fans and players confidence and we want to take it into the next game.”

Fulham boss Scott Parker was fulsome in his praise of the Nigerian international in his own post-match press conference.

“He was fantastic tonight in terms of scoring two goals. The first move was brilliant and he is there to tap in and the second is a striker’s instinct to knock one in from the rebound off the post. It was been well document that we are missed some big chances. The fine margins are that we have not been clinical enough and tonight we were. A big boost for the team – nothing short of what they deserved.”