Sonny Hilton hailed Fulham’s hard work after the under 23s battled back from a goal down to record their fifth straight win against Nottingham Forest last night.

The diminutive playmaker converted a crucial 83rd minute penalty to secure all three points but was in no doubt as to how hard Steve Wigley’s said had to work for the victory. He told FFCTV after the final whistle:

“The celebrations kind of said it all. The first half was a bit sloppy. The second half we came out, showed them what we were really about and put the game to bed in the end. I think we came out more on the front foot, maybe not rushing it, making them make simple mistakes and capitalising on it.”

Hilton made light of his successful spot-kick, believing it will give him the bragging rights in the dressing room after hours of practice from twelve yards.

“We all have competitions – who’s on pens, who’s taking them and now I’ve scored two in two games!”

The attacking midfielder, in a rich vein of personal form so far this season, believes that spirit and work ethic lies behind the under 23’s excellent start to the new campaign.

We all know each other. The lads have played with each other throughout the age groups. We work hard together. Even if someone’s not having a good day, we end up working hard for that person and it ends up working out on the pitch.