SWANSEA, WALES - SEPTEMBER 10: Alfie Mawson of Swansea City arrives prior to the Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Alfie Mawson has expressed his delight after making his Fulham debut that resulted to a 1-0 triumph over Exeter City.

Mawson featured for the Cottagers alongside Calum Chambers at the heart of a much-changed defence and lasted far longer than head coach Slavisa Jokanovic had suggested

The former Swansea player told Fulham FCTV of his pleasure at finally being able to pull on the Fulham shirt after his summer switch from Swansea City:

“I think we dominated. We were a bit slow in the first half with our build-up play, but fair play to Exeter they set up quite well. A clean sheet is the most important thing for me as a debut and to go through with that is perfect.

“I was really happy. I think this game was the perfect opportunity for me to get out there and really test the knee since the injury and, thankfully, no problems at all. I felt really strong. To play a bit longer than first anticipated, I’m really happy with that and like I said, the way it went is very encouraging.

Mawson believes that the win over League Two opposition will serve as a good confidence boost heading into Saturday’s tricky trip to the south coast to take on Brighton and Hove Albion.

“You’ve got to show respect to whoever you’re playing. They’re here for a reason, they’ve done well in the last round and lower league teams up their game [in this competition]. Fair play to them, but tonight was a really professional job on our behalf and I’m really proud of the lads.