Ross McCormack captains Fulham to friendly win on debut

Fulham beat Motherwell 2-0 as the side's £11 million signing made his first appearance in a Fulham shirt.

Fulham's deal for Ross McCormack was the largest fee ever paid by a Championship club, though his superb season last year, where he scored 28 goals in 43 games in the league, seem to indicate it should be money well spent.

Felix Magath had no qualms about outlining just how important the 27-year-old will be in his squad, letting him play the full 90 minutes on his return to Fir Park, and even granting him the captain's armband for the second half.

The striker had a number of efforts for Fulham against his old club, where he played from 2006 to 2008, though he didn't manage to find the net.

McCormack's departure from Leeds, where he been the side's skipper, was a bitter, if not unexpected blow, though the fact he switched to a Championship arrival will certainly hurt most for a club trying to rebuild under new owner Massimo Celino, even if it was for such a large figure.

Fulham may now be able to field a near £25 million strike partnership sure to terrorise England's second tier next season, depending on what they decide to do with record signing, Greece striker Konstantinos Mitroglou.

Another Greek scored for Fulham against Motherwell, with young fullback Kostas Stafylidis scoring on his own debut after another youngster, Cameron Burgess, had opened the scoring for the Cottagers.

The win left Magath very happy, with the German also praising McCormack despite the striker's lack of fitness.

"Overall, today I was very happy, it was a very good performance," Magath told Sky Sports News. "I was a little bit surprised as we worked very hard last week so I was not expecting the team to play so well today.

"Everyone has seen what a good player Ross McCormack is, but at the moment he is not in his best shape. He played 90 minutes but he has only been with us three days. But I am very glad to have him on board. "

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