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Fulham get first win

Ross McCormack
Ross McCormack scored his first Fulham goal. Credit: PA

Fulham's £11million striker Ross McCormack eased the pressure on boss Felix Magath with the only goal of the Cottagers' 1-0 Capital One Cup victory at Brentford.

The forward latched onto Chris David's defence-splitting through ball to slide a low shot into the far corner to settle a hard-fought west London derby.

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Fulham owner backs Magath to turn things around

Fulham owner Shahid Khan has given his backing to under-fire manager Felix Magath and says the German is the "ideal" man to lead them back to the Premier League.

The Cottagers' promotion bid has not got off to the best of starts, with fans calling for Magath to be sacked after four straight defeats left them rooted to the foot of the Championship.

We chose Felix as we wanted -somebody with experience of dealing with the threat of relegation.

Even then, we knew we might not be successful and if, God forbid, the worst happened how would we deal with it.

We knew the Championship was more physical. You've got to have a Plan A (to avoid relegation) and a Plan B (for promotion). Felix was the ideal person to execute both plans.

– Fulham owner Shahid Khan

Rams pile misery on Fulham

Chris Martin
Chris Martin got two. Credit: PA

Fulham's woeful start to the season continued when they were thrashed 5-1 at Derby to pile the pressure on manager Felix Magath.

His young side looked worryingly frail at the back and fell apart as Derby ran riot in the second half with Chris Martin scoring twice.

Jamie Ward gave Derby a half-time lead and although Scott Parker equalised, Martin's double and strikes from Craig Bryson and Simon Dawkins made it a miserable day for relegated Fulham and Magath.

Magath apologises to Fulham's fans

Magath
It was lonely walk back to the dressing room for Felix. Credit: PA

Felix Magath apologised to Fulham's fans after they lost 1-0 at home to Wolves to record their third straight Sky Bet Championship defeat.

Magath insists he is the man to turn things around, saying: "The message is sorry for the defeat but I can only ask for patience.

"We have a young team and I know it might be a tough beginning to the season but I am sure we are going the right way."

However the patience of chairman Shahid Khan, making a rare visit to Craven Cottage, may be starting to wear thin after his team of rookies - six starters were aged 21 or under - tasted defeat once again.

Magath added: "We met not only today but a few days ago, we talked about the situation and he knows the beginning of the season might be a difficult period if you changed a lot and have a young team.

"We need a win, sure. If we get three points it will build up our confidence. It's a long season so I don't worry about the situation now."

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