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Meulensteen praises Fulham

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen was pleased with how his side bounced back from their hammering at Hull City with victory over West Ham.

Coming off the back of their 6-0 mauling at Hull, Fulham sealed a 2-1 win over the 10-man Hammers.

After Mohamed Diame put West Ham ahead, Steve Sidwell levelled before Kevin Nolan was sent off.

Dimitar Berbatov then sealed the win on the hour and Meulensteen was full of praise for how his side reacted and believes that they made sure they began 2014 in an ideal fashion.

"We wanted to start in the best possible way with the best possible result," he told Sky Sports.

"We got three points and we deserved them and it was hard work still against 10 men but I am delighted for the players."

The Fulham boss said goalkeeper David Stockdale's save from Nolan - when West Ham were winning 1-0 - was crucial.

"People talk about Kevin Nolan's sending off being the defining moment but that could've been the defining moment," Meulensteen said.

"We might have been drained if that went in. He was immense stepping in against Norwich, too."

Meulensteen insists he is very happy with how the festive period has turned out for the Cottagers, as they moved out of the bottom three.

"I have looked at these games in a sequence of four games - Norwich and Hull away - away games are always difficult and we picked up three great points at Norwich," he said.

"We didn't want Hull to factor on today's performance - which it didn't - and six points in three games is good."