Fulham under 18s skipper Stefan Parkes was delighted to end a four-match winless run with victory at Chelsea over the weekend.

Ali Melloul’s side recorded an impressive derby win at Cobham thanks to first half strikes from Michael Olakigbe and Imani Lanquedoc. Parkes, a highly-rated defender who has battled through a series of injury worries, admitted that the venue – where the young Whites clinched the league title last season – is a happy hunting ground for Fulham.

The teenager told FFCTV:

“It’s another good day at Chelsea. Whenever we come away here, we always know we are going to be up for a challenge. It’s always going to be a tough game. We know Chelsea’s a good opponent, so we can’t take them lightly. We always make sure we come with a hundred per cent. It turns out well for us – we came out with another result, just like last time – so it is always good.

First half, we played a bit more than normal. It worked out well for us – we came out with two goals in the first half. Second half was a bit more turnovers, we rode the storm out and we came out with a clean sheet: so it shows it came out well for us.”

Parkes is delighted to back fit and featuring as a regular in the under-18s side and feels his performances have been boosted by the responsibility of wearing the captain’s armband.

“I’m proud to be captain. It’s a big addition. I’m happy with it. Hopefully, my performances can keep up to that standard.”

He is determined to ensure that Fulham finish the season strong after coming through this poor period of results.

“Week by week, we’ll carry on going for a win and see how it takes us for the rest of the season. Hopefully, we can rack up as many wins. We’ve got City next week, that’s a win we’re looking to go for. Game by game, we’ll just carry on doing what we’re doing and hopefully the results will speak for itself.”