Fulham manager Mark Hughes was buoyant after he watched his side tear apart League Two outfit Port Vale 6-0 in the Carling Cup second round.
The Cottagers were relentless in attack and were served well by Bobby Zamora and Zoltan Gera who both netted a brace and new signing Moussa Dembele who got off the mark in his new shirt.
Hughes was adamant that it was vital for a club like Fulham to perform the way they did, backing up from a 2-2 league draw with Manchester United.
"It is important after games like this to make the headlines for the right reasons and we have done that because we approached it in the correct manner," said Hughes.
"We showed the competition the respect it deserves and I was really pleased with what we produced.
"There were some outstanding goals and some great finishes. There some really good progressive play and that augurs well for the future.
"I didn't want to make too many changes. It is early in the season and not the time of year to be resting players."
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