Felix Magath believes that his Fulham side can use their weekend win over Newcastle to spark a late bid for Premier League survival.

The Cottagers have been firmly entrenched in the bottom three for much of what has been a disastrous campaign.

The German – who has experience in battling at the bottom end of the Bundesliga – was parachuted in last month to replace Rene Meulensteen, becoming the club’s third manager of the season.

With last weekend’s defeat at the hands of fellow battler Cardiff, many predicted that the Craven Cottage side’s fight was all but over, buta 1-0 victory against Newcastle has moved them closer to the teams around them.

Magath believes that the three points could prove to be pivotal and hand his side some much-needed momentum:

“This victory will help us for the next games,” he is quoted by The Express.

“It was the most important thing for the players to win. The players believe now they can not only win but they can avoid relegation. They believe we are going the right way.

“Now we are convinced we can manage it. We are able to avoid relegation and now I think the whole team, the whole club, all the supporters, they are hopeful that we will do that.”

Fulham take on high-flying Manchester City next in what looks to be a tough run-in for the London club.

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