Fulham's Emerson Hyndman praised after American scores winner

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic said Emerson Hyndman is worthy of more playing time after the U.S. international scored a late winner on his birthday against Cardiff on Saturday.

Deep into stoppage time, Cardiff failed to clear the ball following a corner kick and Hyndman finished off a scramble in the visitors' penalty area as Fulham won 2-1.

The goal was Hyndman's first of the season in just his seventh start, and Jokanovic said he regretted not getting Hyndman into more games.

"Today is his birthday. It's a great present for himself and for all of us in the last moment of the game," the manager said of the American.

"He's probably one of the more talented players. I am little bit disappointed with myself that I haven't found more minutes for him this season.

"He probably needs to be a little bit stronger for the Championship. But he's a young guy and he will be a very good footballer for us."

Hyndman, who turned 20 on Saturday, was the U.S. captain at the Under-20 World Cup last year and also featured for the under-23 team that failed to qualify for the Olympics last month.

He made his only appearance for the U.S. senior team in 2014.