Fulham defender John Heitinga believes that the club need a “miracle” to avoid relegation, but that he believes that it is still possible.

The Cottagers’ weekend loss to fellow basement-dwellers Cardiff on Saturday leaves them four points from safety with nine games left to play after a woeful season.

New manager Felix Magath is the third man to have ruled the dugout at Craven Cottage this season, and despite serious investment – chiefly to land sought-after Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou – in the first-team squad in January results have not improved significantly.

Heitinga was one of Fulham’s arrivals during the last transfer window, and the Dutchman believes that they can avoid dipping into the Championship:

“You have to believe we can still do it. I still believe in the miracle. There are still 27 points to fight for, and we play some of the teams around us, but to stay in the Premier League now would be like winning the Champions League for us.” He told the Fulham Chronicle.

“Survival for us is the trophy. It’s the same now as winning a cup or a title. The only thing that matters at the moment is Fulham. It does not matter how we survive, we have to find a way.

“The manager afterwards said to us that Fulham is a club full of history and we have to try everything to keep it in the league. But it needs to be quick, because it is already five minutes past midnight now.”

Fulham face a home clash with Newcastle this weekend, before trips to the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham over the course of their remaining eight fixtures.