Manager Reaction

Saturday 19 April 2014 15:45

Felix Magath was satisfied with the application of his Fulham side at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but was left frustrated at their defending from set-pieces.

Two of Spurs’ goals in their 3-1 win arrived following free-kicks in wide positions when Paulinho and Younes Kaboul escaped their markers to score from close range – an issue that irked the Fulham Manager.

“We made quite a good game and we had some chances,” he stated. “Tottenham played very well and they have a good goalkeeper, and the goalkeeper saved two or three very good chances against us.

“So we didn’t play badly but the thing that was not so good was that we conceded two goals from free-kicks, and that’s the only thing which disturbs.

“We had some problems before the game, we had some injured or ill players so we had to change the team from last week. Therefore I was satisfied with the performance today.”

In his post-match press conference Magath was asked if his team’s defending would have to improve if Fulham are to avoid relegation, and our Manager admitted it’s a problem he has spoken to his troops about.

“You’re right,” he answered. “That’s what I’m saying; the only thing that’s disturbing me is that we conceded from free-kicks for two goals. It was only one metre from the goal line – that is too easy.

“I told the boys we have to work on it because if we make it better in the next games I think we are able to stay up and to win our home games.

“It would be better if we got one or three points today but we were not expected to win here at Tottenham. We are relying on our home games and they are both games that we have to win, and that might be enough to stay up in the league.”

Magath made five changes to the side that beat Norwich City last week, but he is hoping to have a full complement of players available again for next Saturday’s clash with Hull City at Craven Cottage.

He explained: “Sascha Riether was ill, he’s at home this morning, and Kieran Richardson and Mama Diarra are injured and so they did not belong to the team today.

“They are only small injuries; Diarra has knee problems but he joined us yesterday and the day before so I’m sure he can be with us next week. And Kieran, he tried this morning but he had muscle problems. He tried today in the morning but it didn’t work so he will join us next week.

“Sascha had a headache and throat problem and it will be good next week again. Scott Parker had a kick on a muscle but he is confident and sure that he can train next week.”