Super Eagles defender Ola Aina scored a spectacular 20-yard screamer in the 30th minute to give Fulham a deserved first win in the Premier League against West Brom.
Aina who joined Fulham on loan from Torino last summer, on his fifth appearance received a pass from Aleksandar Mitrovic and emphatically scored his team’s second of the day.
The goal was Aina’s his first ever goal in English League football in his 51st appearance across spells with Chelsea, Hull and Fulham.
With the win over West Brom at Craven Cottage, Fulham moves out of the bottom three.
Bobby Decordova-Reid headed Scott Parker’s side ahead from close range after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s cushioned header had set him up.
The Cottagers came close to scoring a third but both Tom Cairney and Decordova-Reid had efforts cleared off the goalline within seconds of each other.
West Brom hit the crossbar through Conor Townsend’s misjudged cross when it was goalless, but Slaven Bilic’s side remain without a league win in 2020-21 and replace Fulham in the relegation zone.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, Ola Aina said he is happy to score his first Premier League.
“I’m happy to score my first Premier League goal. It was vital and I’m just happy I was able to help the team to get a lead that we could build on and try to be comfortable.
“It was a very important win for the club. It has been a difficult start to the season. We needed this to build momentum and I’m hoping that’s what we can do going on.”
Fulham manager Scott Parker said it is a relief for his team to have finally win a game.
“Of course there is relief because we had not won a game. We have won but along the journey there are going to be many bumps.
“There has been a narrative around us because of the money we spent last time. But there has been a single-mindedness about us this season. Defeats are going to happen but they can’t bury us.
“The noise surrounds everyone in this league. My message is very different: Try not to let the noise reach the players. Wins breed a bit of confidence – you need wins to get that uplift.
“We definitely got what we deserved. We are definitely maturing and definitely improving. We got a result and it is brilliant but we have to keep moving forward.”
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