Fulham captain Brede Hangeland is refusing to give up on avoiding relegation, but he knows that time is running out for his side.
Last weekend’s defeat to fellow strugglers Cardiff left the Cottagers four points adrift of safety with just nine games to go in what has been a disastrous season in West London.
The Craven Cottage side are now on third manager of the campaign in Felix Magath, who was drafted in to replace Rene Meulensteen after the Dutchman was unable to get the best out of an ageing squad.
Things have barely changed under the experienced German, but with mass investment having been made in January there are faint hopes of steering clear of the drop.
Hangeland believes that his side can beat relegation, but he feels that they must find their form and secure some vital points quickly:
“We can do it but we are well aware that time is running out and we need to start picking up wins. We are desperate for points and this is a home match we need to win.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“You never know how many points you need to survive but we need better form than we have shown, everyone knows that.
“Hopefully a win (aginst Newcastle) will kick off the rest of our season.”