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Dalla Valle thrilled to make winning Fulham debut

Finnish striker Lauri Dalla Valle was delighted to make his Fulham debut in last night's Europa League victory.

The 19-year-old came off the bench to replace Bobby Zamora after 78 minutes in front of a large crowd for a match in June, and impressed with some purposeful running and positive play.

"I enjoyed it a lot," he beamed to fulhamfc.com. "It was a good crowd and it was nice to get on today. I was hoping for it, of course, before the game, and naturally I'm really happy to have got on.

"I've been training with the First Team since I've been back and I thought I'd been working hard and doing well, so I thought I might have a chance, and it happened, so I'm feeling really positive and happy about it."

The Finnish-born forward has been a Fulham player just under a year having joined the Club as part of the deal that took Paul Konchesky to Liverpool last summer. And after a season of impressive performances in the Development Squad, and the departure of out of contract strikers Diomansy Kamara and Eddie Johnson, 2011/12 could be a big campaign for him.

"I knew it could be a big season for me this year so I made sure I kept myself fit over the summer," he detailed. "And at the moment I'm feeling really good, really sharp, fit and ready for whenever I'm needed."

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