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Fulham's Felix Magath defiant amid criticism

30 August 2014

Felix Magath insists he remains the right man for the Fulham job, despite Saturday's draw with Cardiff extending their wait for a first Sky Bet Championship win.

The divisive German can certainly blame others for the west Londoners' relegation from the Premier League, but there is little protection when it comes to their miserable start to life in the second tier.

The midweek Capital One Cup win at Brentford offered a glimpse of light after four successive league defeats, although they were unable to follow that up as they were held to a 1-1 with Cardiff.

Fulham deservedly took a first-half lead through Tim Hoogland, only for Kenwyne Jones to level with the Craven Cottage faithful audibly frustrated.

Magath was jeered before and after the match by sections of the crowd, yet he remains confident of turning things around at Fulham.

"It is a difficult situation, I can understand the fans who are afraid about the situation," he said.

"Last year we came down and now at the beginning we are down again near the bottom, so I can understand the fear of fans.

"Yeah, I am not happy about this but we have a new situation, we had to make a cut. It was necessary for this club to start again from the beginning and that is what I've done.

"I know I have a lot of young players and I know that is a problem. I have known that before and I live with this problem.

"But, please, I ask you to look at the situation, look not only at the results, look at what I have done for the club. It is not for me, it is hear for Fulham that I have taken six players out of the academy.

"Who from the former Fulham academy players plays for England? Or who was the last to have played for England? Please ask [the fans].

"Then please ask them which player from Fulham is playing in the Premier League? Please ask them.

"If you answer, then you can ask me 'what do you do?' I try to bring the players from the academy into the Premier League and that is a long way.

"I am ready to do it and I am the right man for this. No-one else, I am the only one. Not the special one, I'm the only one."

Magath believes his side showed a lot of promise in the first half at Craven Cottage, while Cardiff counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will leave proud of his team's display after the break.

"I am very pleased with the boys in the second half," the Norwegian said. "They were a completely different side to what was there in the first half.

"I think we were on the front foot, winning first and second ball, moving our feet quicker, moving the ball quicker.

"The only little thing there is getting more efforts on goal, but in the second half I was very pleased with it.

"It wasn't any tactical things we had to do [at half-time], we just needed to get more enthusiasm in our player, move it forward."

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