Fulham’s winless run is giving Manager Felix Magath sleepless nights, as the German eagerly searches for his first three points in the job.
The Whites have gained just one point under Magath, and he admitted it can be difficult to switch off after suffering a disappointing result.
“I always hate to lose so I have problems when we lose like last Saturday,” he explained. “The night after I get back I don’t get much sleep.
“I always stay awake late after every defeat and think about it. I worry about it. After a match it takes time but I’ve done the job for a long time so I know how to manage it. For me there are no problems, I can handle this situation. I’m fine and I think it will be fine.”
Everyone associated with Fulham is hoping that Magath can enjoy a peaceful night’s rest following victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.
It’s a match where three points is the minimum target, but the Whites boss insisted that the fight will continue regardless of the result.
“Every manager will tell you the next game will be the most important game,” he said. “We have to win the next game and, until now, we have not been able to win a game, so we have to win tomorrow.
“The next game is always the most important game and you always have to win. Sure, we only have nine games and it’s better to win tomorrow than to lose but you cannot promise the win, you cannot do that. We have to try and, sure, we’ll get the chance to win tomorrow but, if not, it goes on.”
Nobody predicted that Fulham’s starting strikeforce last week would consist of Cauley Woodrow and Kostas Mitroglou, and Magath kept the media guessing when he was asked if the pair would start up front again for the visit of the Magpies, insisting: “I don’t know. I have to think about it and I will decide on Saturday.”
Magath had previously stated that a relegation fight was not the right time to blood youngsters, but asked if he would be prepared to throw them in during the final nine matches, he stated: “Sure. First I give the experienced players a chance but, if it doesn’t work, I have to.
“I’m convinced Cauley Woodrow will have a future here and I think in Patrick Roberts we have an extraordinary talent here. They are players for the future.”