Rene Meulensteen hailed Adel Taarabt after the forward's impressive display in Fulham's 4-2 defeat against Manchester City.
The mercurial Moroccan made his first appearance since Meulensteen took charge as a lone striker after Dimitar Berbatov was ruled out through injury.
And the Dutchman praised the on-loan QPR man's contribution afterwards.
"I was very pleased with Adel," he said. "We all know what sort of talent he has and what a creative player he is and that’s why I put him in as I thought he could cause City problems, which he did.
“Where I played him today, it was right down his street. Turn, make it stick, go forward – he was excellent. I thought at times he could have chosen different options but he’s got so much ability.
"I don’t mind people taking shots and being positive and he has a decent shot on him so if one had gone in I would have been delighted.”
Fulham fought back from 2-0 down to level through Richardson's close-range effort and a Vincent Kompany own goal.
However, late strikes from City subs Jesus Navas and James Milner inflicted another defeat on the Cottagers that their battling display didn't deserve.
“It’s the same story after the Tottenham Hotspur and Everton games," Meulensteen added.
"I’ve been very positive of the developments on the training ground and unfortunately it hasn’t transpired to what we’ve deserved, which is points on the board.
“The goals that we conceded - the second just before half-time wasn’t good enough defending - and the third, when you’re up against a quality side like City they punish you.
“We felt at 2-2 that we’d done well to get back in it. I thought we were in good nick at that time and there was more to come.”