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Riether not in partying mood

Fulham defender Sascha Riether admits last weekend's birthday celebrations were ruined by his side's 5-0 defeat by Manchester City.Riether turned 31 the morning after the thrashing at the Etihad Stadium, a result that nudged the Cottagers closer to relegation from the Barclays Premier League.

There was no big party, I had my family over and I invited the team over for dinner and that was it.

It's normal when you lose 5-0, you haven't got many reasons to celebrate. It wasn't such a big party.

– Fulham defender Sascha Riether

Martinez: Short period makes Magath's job easier

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Fulham counterpart Felix Magath's task of avoiding relegation was actually made easier by the lack of time he was given to save the club.

The German, the Cottagers' third boss this season, took over in mid-February after a chaotic period which saw Rene Meulensteen's spell in charge ended after just two months.

When you have 25 games to go in a season it becomes very difficult because there is so much talk about what could happen and what direction you can go.

Everyone has an opinion and it can affect the team but when it is a short period of time it is very straightforward.

It is a narrow approach and all you need to do is try to get as many points as you can and try to carry momentum from game to game.

It is clear Felix Magath has the experience to provide a very difficult game in every game he puts his Fulham side out in.

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez


Magath in confident mood

Felix Magath is convinced Fulham will win their battle for survival in the Barclays Premier League.

This job is not tougher than I expected it to be. I knew that it would be a difficult job and it is.

But I don't worry about that, I'm happy to be here. I'm looking forward and I'm convinced we'll stay in the league.

I'm not looking at next season because we have to realise that we may not be staying in the Premier League, but I'm convinced that we will.

– Fulham head coach Felix Magath

Hangeland still hopeful of staying up

Captain Brede Hangeland remains confident Fulham can still beat relegation despite their potentially demoralising 5-0 loss at Manchester City.

We have quite a few games we know we can win. It is still doable and there is a belief we can do it.

Time is running out a little bit and we need to pick up results.

But if we are honest, we didn't expect to win at Man City. We were hoping for something but I suppose in the 'budget' there weren't many points here. We will have to get them elsewhere.

– Fulham captain Brede Hangeland


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