Two-goal hero Olly Sanderson hailed Fulham’s spirit after the under 18s beat Brighton 3-2 despite playing with ten men for more than an hour.

The in-form striker put Fulham ahead midway through the first half and settled a thrilling contest in the second minute of stoppage time by converting the rebound after a Luke Harris shot had been saved. Sanderson, who has now scored eleven goals in fifteen appearances for Ali Melloul’s side, told the club’s official website:

“I’m really happy with that. It was a tough game, made harder when we got a man sent off in the first half. The boys really dug deep and showed a lot of character so long may that continue. Our heads never drop during games, which I think is a massive thing. We worked hard throughout the game and we’ll continue to do that. Hopefully we can carry on picking up positive results.

It was difficult to stay in the game at times, but Michael scored a really important goal which helped us. When they made it 2-2 and momentum was with them, we refused to give in and luckily we got our reward. Momentum is key. Our full focus is now on Reading and we’re looking forward to it already. We’ll build-up the intensity throughout the week and hopefully we can grab another win.”