Russian international, Pavel Pogrebnyak, has got his name on the scoreboard in his very first game for Fulham in the English Premier League.
Pogrebnyak’s effort helped his side snatch a valuable 2-1 home win against Stoke City.
The 28-year-old collected the ball in the middle of the visitors’ box in the 16th minute and with his left foot fired an unstoppable shot into the upper corner of Thomas Sorensen’s net.
But the Russian’s debut was marred as he had to leave the pitch with half an hour left to play due to a leg injury.
"He did well, you always have to wait and see how a new player will do when coming from abroad, but it was a good start for him. He managed to score too, so that will be a big boost," Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, said of Pogrebnyak. “English football is different from what he is used to and today he saw two sides of the game here. At times he got clattered, but following some lovely football he scored a good goal. I think in the first ten minutes he realised just how different the Premier League is."
Pogrebnyak joined Fulham from German side Stuttgart during the transfer window.
The tall striker, who also used to play for Spartak Moscow and Zenit St Pete, has 30 caps and eight goals for Russia.
The Great Po is one of the candidates to travel to Euro 2012 with his country’s national team this summer.
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