Young Fulham forward Jay Stansfield said beating Brentford in the last minute was ‘incredible’ – and believes the Whites’ first Premier League win can give Marco Silva’s side even more confidence.
The 19 year-old was handed his first Premier League start after coming off the bench at Wolves last week and, just like at Molineux, he didn’t look fazed by replacing the injured Neeskens Kebano, even if he was operating on the right flank. Stansfield came close to opening the scoring after 40 seconds, but his shot was deflected onto the frame of the goal by Ben Mee, but Bobby Decordova-Reid tucked home the rebound to give Fulham the perfect start.
Stansfield told FFCTV after the final whistle yesterday:
“It’s crazy. To get the three points – our first three points of the season – was incredible and to do it in a derby like this, with the atmosphere how it was, is incredible
The teenager spoke of the importance of his preparation after Kebano suffered an injury on the training ground in week and felt the confidence shown in him by Silva has helped him step into the senior side so seamlessly.
“Unfortunately for Neeskens, he got injured in training on Wednesday and it was a bit up in the air, if I’m being honest. I needed to make sure I was prepared to be ready, so if when I got to the meeting this morning and if I was on the team sheet, I was ready to perform. It feels good for him to put me out there in such a big game with not much experience. Going out there has helped me learn a lot, having to concentrate and stay focused for the whole game. It is a platform for me to build on now, try and get as many games under my help, so when this comes round again, I can show what I can do.”
Stansfield offered words of praise for the Craven Cottage crowd, who helped rouse Fulham after Brentford came back from 2-0 down, as well as for Mitrovic, whose late header ensured the Whites clinched a first home league win over their near neighbours in some 22 years.
“It was tough. The crowd helped us a lot, the early goal helped us a lot. We’ve made this our home. Teams come here and they feel worried and under pressure. That comes from our supporters and the way we press. When it went to 2-2, we’ve got people in our team who can come up with big moments and Mitro is one of them. To get the three points is just unbelievable. The main thing is as a team we keep building and building. To get our first three points in the Premier League, we can start to kick off a good run now.”