Fulham manager Scott Parker hailed the display of a “fantastic” full debutant who provided something the club have lacked all season.
Fulham suffered their 19th defeat of the season after going down 3-1 to Southampton at St. Mary’s. The visitors went behind early after Che Adams reacted quickest to slash home James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick.
Young Saint Nathan Tella then bagged his maiden senior goal, but 18-year-old Fulham forward Fabio Carvalho was not to be outdone.
On his first start in the Premier League, the tricky forward showed what Fulham fans can expect for years to come.
The Portuguese-born English citizen blasted home his first top flight strike off the underside of the crossbar, though it was not enough to prevent the inevitable as Southampton emerged victorious after Theo Walcott rounded out the scoring.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Parker said: “Pride, effort, some good bits.
“At 2-0 down we got ourselves back in the game with a lovely goal from Fabio. We just lacked that little bit in the end.
What a finish! Fabio Carvalho has his goal on his full Premier League debut!
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“[Southampton’s first was a] poor goal to concede. It looked like we missed a header and then there was confusion.
“The second goal, we defended very poorly and didn’t follow runners. After that we got ourselves in the game but it wasn’t enough.
“[Fabio Carvalho was] fantastic. This team has been in need of goals. His overall performance was full of confidence. He showed his quality.”