GRETAR Steinsson was delighted to grind out a point on his first team return.

The Iceland international, making his first start at right-back and only his third in the Premier League all season, was the outstanding performer on an afternoon of defensive resilience from Wanderers.

And while he admitted his frustration at having to bide his time before forcing his way back into the side ahead of Sam Ricketts, the defender was pleased with the outcome at Craven Cottage.

“I just try to do my best,” he said. “I am professional and I know what is asked of me. I get my head down in training and wait for the call.

“That came against Fulham and as a defender I was really pleased with my performance.

“It takes time to get your rhythm on the offensive side but I will get there, and get back to normal.”

Steinsson made one magnificent clearance from Erik Nevland’s header six yards out, summing up the general mood around the Wanderers camp on the day.

And while Damien Duff’s second-half strike ensured a 17-year wait for a league win at Craven Cottage continued, the full-back claims his side laid down a marker for the rest of the campaign.

“It was a good point and one that was hard to get,” he said. “We didn’t play really well but we defended really well.

“Something has been missing but there was good unity – we fought for every ball, and as a team we got the point.

“We had a couple of chances and maybe could have nicked it at the end but it is difficult to come to Fulham, so we have to be pleased. Before the game we would have settled for a point.

“The one thing you can never say to us as players is that we are not doing our best, and we are not a unit. We will fight for each other to the death and we defended our goal with legs and limbs for the whole game.

“We were not playing well and sometimes the game becomes about defending your goal, and we did that for most of the game.”