Holtby confident Fulham can stay up

Lewis Holtby believes Fulham can avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, Sky Sports has reported.

Holtby moved to Craven Cottage on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window, having struggled to nail down a place at White Hart Lane this season. The Germany international made 22 appearances in the first half of the season for Spurs but wasn’t a regular starter.

He has since played three times for bottom side Fulham, including Wednesday’s 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool. Fulham twice had the lead but were pegged back and eventually overtaken in the final minute when Steven Gerrard converted a penalty awarded against Sascha Reither.

The defeat came just days after Fulham held champions Manchester United to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and Holtby insists the dropped points will not damage the team’s belief they can escape the bottom three.

“The belief is always there,” he said. “We have to be mentally strong and that is the key to getting out of the drop zone.

“There is enough. We have got the quality to stay up but we need to get some points. We need to be solid at the back because we are conceding too many goals and that is a problem.

“We conceded two in the last game, three last night, and that is too many.”

Holtby added that he couldn’t quite believe they managed to lose to the Reds having held the lead twice.

“It is really hard to imagine we lost this game,” the 23-year-old said. “We had a really good game.

“The second and third goals are sloppy goals, we should have done better. We could have had three points last night.

“Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve – we lost the game and have to pick ourselves up and be mentally ready for the next game.

“Credit to all the guys, we had a fantastic game, but we have nothing and that is not what you need when you are fighting against relegation.”

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