Scott Parker praised the bravery of Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro after they fired the Cottagers to victory at Leicester.
Cavaleiro struck from the spot after Ademola Lookman’s opener to give the visitors a 2-1 win on Monday.
Harvey Barnes’ late goal ensured a nervy finish but Fulham held on to climb out of the Premier League’s drop zone.
Both Cavaleiro and Lookman have been criticised this season for missing penalties – Fulham having squandered three this season – but boss Parker believes they stood up when it mattered.
He said: “Ade came under a lot of stick when he did the penalty (a chip against West Ham) and he needed to take his medicine.
“Cav slipped last week and I’m not on Twitter or Instagram but I can only imagine what was being said, the jokes at his expense and Cav would have seen that.
“I said to him: ‘Are you ready to take one if we get it?’ He looked at me dead in the eye and said: ‘I’m ready’.
“The courage to step up there are the things we need. Ade earned the right to score his goal and Cav put himself up to be scrutinised.
“There’s no denying there’s relief. We’re in a world where it’s win or lose for all of us and that’s the big picture. I’ve spoken to them about not letting defeats cripple us.”Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.