Ademola Lookman was on target and celebrated by holding up the jersey of late Senegalese hero Papa Bouba Diop as Fulham climbed out of the Premier League relegation places with an impressive victory over Kelechi Iheanacho’s Leicester City on Monday.
Lookman, on loan at Craven Cottage from RB Leipzig opened scoring for Fulham on the half hour mark with his second for the club in seven appearances in all competitions.
He then celebrated his goal by holding up a Senegal shirt which had been hung in the visitors’ dressing room, in tribute to former Fulham midfielder Papa Bouba Diop who died aged 42 on Sunday.
Ivan Cavaleiro then scored from the spot eigh minutes later, the penalty awarded after referee Simon Hooper reviewed Christian Fuchs’ tackle on Bobby Decordova-Reid on the pitch-side monitor.
It was redemption for Cavaleiro had missed a penalty against Everton eight days ago, the third player to miss for Fulham this season.
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers threw on Harvey Barnes at the break and Iheanacho was introduced in the 70th minute as the Foxes attempted to salvage the game.
Barnes scored in the 86th minute and Iheanacho spurned a chance in added time but Scott Parker’s men held on for all three badly needed points.
Fulham’s second win of the season takes them up two places to 17th, while Leicester remain fourth and three points behind leaders Tottenham.