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Youngster receives plaudits after impressive first start against Chelsea

Aaron Hughes insists Fulham team-mate Matthew Briggs has a bright future after the youngster impressed in their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.

The Cottagers' academy graduate made his first start at Stamford Bridge, deputising for the injured Mexican Carlos Salcido, and caught the eye with his solid defensive display and powerful forward runs.

But for Hughes it was no surpise how well the England under-21 international performed.

"We see him [Briggs] everyday in training so we know he's got a lot of potential," Hughes told the club’s official website.

"He's a big, strong player who's really comfortable on the ball and that's why the Manager had no problem putting him in a game like this.

"He showed everybody exactly why the Manager showed faith in him against Chelsea.

“He's got a good head on his shoulders, he works hard and over time he's only going to get better and that's good for us."

The Northern Irishman was disappointed not to have left the home of their west London rivals without at least a point but he believes the club can get a result against his former side Newcastle United this weekend.

He said: “We stuck to our task against Chelsea and we feel a little bit unlucky not to be leaving without anything to show for it.

"We tried to go out and play our game and make it as difficult as possible, but they were unstoppable tonight.

"It would be nice to win on Saturday against Newcastle but we know they're on a high after winning three on the bounce.

“They've been doing really well and causing teams a lot of problems whilst working very hard and grinding out good results."

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