LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Pavel Pogrebnyak of Fulham scores during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Fulham at Loftus Road on February 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
New striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has praised Fulham's away following in Saturday's 1-0 derby victory over Queens Park Rangers, claiming; "I have never seen so many away fans at a stadium."
The Russian striker, formerly of VFB Stuttgart and FC Zenit, has proved himself to be a handful in his two games so far for the Cottagers, claiming a goal in each and utilising his palpable size and upper-body strength to fend off defenders.
He's been widely likened to Bobby Zamora in that he can hold the ball up and can apply subtle finishes to exquisite moves, but despite the appraisals being chucked the way of Pogrebnyak, the forward admits that he is struggling with the pace of the game.
"I haven't been this exhausted for a long time. The match was very intense, hardly any pauses," he told Sport-Express.
"Tough challenges and big powerful defenders are difficult to adjust to initially."
He had time to thank the 3,000 travelling fans that made their way to Loftus Road and also went on to explain the intimacy of his celebration.
"I didn't know we are not supposed to celebrate with the fans. Aside from that, I was very pleased with the support.
"I am in a great mood, of course. I never expected to get off to such a good start. Hopefully my form will continue."