MARTIN Jol hailed debutant Pavel Pogrebnyak after he fired Fulham to victory against the Stoke.
The deadline-day arrival from Stuttgart opened his account for his new club as the Whites earned a vital 2-1 victory to leapfrog the Potters in the table and pull clear of the drop zone.
And boss Jol was full of praise for the Russian striker afterwards.
He said: "We had somebody over with him during the process of getting his work permit. He worked well and was fit.
"As you know, we don't have a lot of number nines at this club and he was keen to start.
"That was a positive thing and it meant Clint [Dempsey] could play in his position.
"You always have to wait and see how somebody will do when they come from abroad."
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