Fulham under 21s captain Ollie O’Neill said last night’s superb hat-trick as Steve Wigley’s side scored seven without reply at Leicester City ranks as one of his finest performances for the club.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international, who signed a professional contract at Craven Cottage this summer after rejecting interest from West Ham and Tottenham, scored three and created two more as the young Whites ran riot at Seagrave. The midfielder told Fulham’s official website:

“We’re very pleased, as it puts us back up towards the top of the table again. A few teams around there have dropped points these last few days and you’re not going to get much better than a 7-0 win away from home. It’s a performance that’s right up there for me across the last couple of seasons. You always hope you can put in performances like that and people pay attention.”

O’Neill believes there is more to come from Wigley’s side, who have impressed on their return to the top flight following promotion last season.

“We were always confident that we would do well, because we’ve all played together for a few years and had success. It has still been a big step up in terms of quality of opposition and it’s nice to go up and adapt to that increase. Hopefully over the next few games I can continue to contribute for the team, which is something some people wanted to see me do more of in the past. I definitely think I’m in a good place now.”