Magath hails ‘very important’ Fulham win
Fulham manager Felix Magath has described Saturday’s 2-1 win away to Aston Villa as a ‘very important’ result which has given his side the confidence they need in their attempt to stay in the Premier League, reports the London Evening Standard.
After a goalless first half in which Aston Villa’s Leandro Bacuna came the closest to scoring, Fulham did take the lead on 64 minutes, Kieran Richardson firing a blistering shot past Brad Guzan. The hosts’ equaliser came just seven minutes later as Grant Holt headed home unmarked at the far post from a corner.
However, after Lewis Holtby was sensationally denied by a goal-line clearance from Matthew Lowton, the Cottagers got their winner when Hugo Rodallega flicked a header past Guzan for his first Premier League goal of the season.
Although the result did not move Fulham any closer to safety in terms of points, they have now closed in on Norwich City, who they take on in a crucial fixture in West London for their next game.
And Magath believes the game at Villa Park was his side’s last chance to launch their survival bid. He said: "It was very important we won here after losing our last home game. I think today was our last chance for us to stay in the league. Therefore, it was a very difficult game and very spectacular.
"We were one goal in front, there was an equaliser, and that was the situation last week that put us down. Today we came back and we fought.
"Even the great chance for Lewis Holtby didn't stop us. For us to win in the last five minutes is a signal to everybody that we are back in the league. Everyone at the game could see we want to stay in this league.
"We have to win our games now. It doesn't matter which team we play. We need to win three of the last games at least to stay in the league. We will fight every game. Today we have won and this win will give us confidence."
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