Fabio Carvalho thanked Scott Parker for backing him after he scored on his full league debut in Fulham’ 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s.
The 18-year-old winger, who previously played for Balham FC before being snapped up by the Whites, netted in the second half.
Carvalho told Fulham’s official website: “Today was frustrating for the team and myself. We have to work on game management, trying to get back into the game and then staying in the game. We’ll work on it and we’ll be stronger next season.
“[After our goal] we were in it, we need to capitalise on our chances. The few chances we get, we have to be ruthless. They put their bodies on the line, we need to be more composed and more clinical in the final third.
“I found out I was starting yesterday morning before training. The gaffer came to me and asked how I was feeling and I said good. He told me I was starting tomorrow, it caught me off guard.
“I wish my family and friends would’ve been here, it gives me more confidence. Not having fans to play in front of puts a dampener on it but hopefully we will get them back soon.
“You can’t hide in the match, because you won’t get the ball. If you’re always trying to look for the ball and playing with a smile on your face then you can show the best of you.
“The Fulham fans have shown a great amount of love towards me and I can’t wait to play in front of them next season.
“The gaffer has shown so much trust in me, I want to repay that trust because he’s the one that keeps pushing me every day in training. For them to give me their trust makes me want to work harder.”
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