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The Russian hitman has hit the ground running at Craven Cottage, scoring five times since his January arrival from Stuttgart, including a hat-trick against Wolves on Sunday

Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has admitted his surprise at his speedy adaptation to English football.

The 28-year-old Russian international arrived at Craven Cottage on loan from Stuttgart in January and, having scored just once in 14 outings in the Bundesliga this season, has since struck five times in three games, including a hat-trick against Wolves on Sunday, helping his side to win all three matches.

Fulham are 14/1 with Paddy Power to continue their run of victories by beating Aston Villa 2-0 on March 10.

Speaking to the club's official website, the forward declared his happiness in his new west London surroundings and that he hopes to continue his good form.

"I'm really happy to be part of this team," said Pogrebnyak.

"We're scoring a lot of goals and doing really well and hopefully we can continue like this until the end of the season.

"I didn't think it would be so good so early. But I'm really happy that everything is going well and I thank my team mates for everything that has happened so far.

"I'm enjoying my relationship with the fans. I want to say thank you to them for welcoming me and for their great support."

The 5-0 win over Wolves, powered by Pogrebnyak's treble, has lifted Fulham into eighth place in the Premier League.

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