Manager Reaction

Saturday 12 April 2014 18:15

Felix Magath was happy to watch Fulham take three points on Saturday despite the team not being at their best.

Norwich City had several decent chances to open the scoring but found David Stockdale in brilliant form, with the Whites taking advantage through Hugo Rodallega’s clinical finish five minutes before half time.

“Over the whole 90 minutes today we are very lucky because Norwich was the better team and they played very well,” Magath admitted. “We were not so good today but you see there was a lot of pressure on the players so we didn’t play as well as last week

“But, at the moment, three points is the only thing that counts. Today I’m very kaput because it was a very dramatic 90 minutes.”

Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer both thought they’d scored in the first half, only to be denied by the reflexes of Stockdale, and Magath was full of praise for the man who took Maarten Stekelenburg’s position between the sticks.

“Today I’m sure he was our best man and he saved the win for us,” he stated. “There is nothing without risk so sure it was a risk [to swap keepers] because Maarten is a very good goalkeeper too.

“I told you, it was not the abilities that I have seen, I took him out because Stockdale is a goalkeeper who talks more with his teammates.”

The result means Fulham are just two points behind Norwich in the table but Magath insisted there is still plenty of work to be done, even if the Canaries do have an unenviable run in.

“It is a tough situation for Norwich but we have to take care because we have to make our points,” he said. “We’ve had two wins in a row and that’s very nice but it’s not enough to stay up in the league. So we have to take care that we make more points and, if we can, we have to do that next week at Tottenham.

“I still had hope in the last weeks. I was hopeful that we are able to manage the situation to win some games and now we have won two games in a row, and that helps us to be confident.

“Now there are more people who think we will stay in the league than there were four weeks ago.”

Magath was also full of praise for Mahamadou Diarra after the midfielder put in another dominant display for the Whites.

“Mama played 90 minutes last week and today almost 90 minutes," he said. "He helps us very much with his experience and his personality so I’m very glad that he is fine. At the moment it seems that he can go on, he’s not injured, and he can stay the rest of the season with us.”

Rodallega was again the hero for the Whites with his second winner in as many games, and Magath said of his frontman: “We are very glad that he is in a very good shape and he showed that he is a very dangerous striker.”