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Pressure is all on Cardiff to win at home – Magath

Felix Magath believes there is greater pressure on Cardiff today than his Fulham side as the Welshmen are at home.

Magath has emphasised the importance of home games as he hopes to overturn the one-point deficit to Cardiff to improve the rock-bottom Cottagers' predicament in the Premier League.

Magath refused to describe today's match as a "must win", instead suggesting Cardiff have more to lose if the result does not go their way.

"Cardiff is in the worst situation, because Cardiff have a home game and they have to win," Magath said.

"They are one point better than us. It's not enough for them to avoid relegation.

"You have to win the home games, with support from the fans. If you go away it is very difficult to say you must win."

Magath recognises the boost his side would take from winning at Cardiff. "It's very important for us to have the first win," he said.

"Teams who have not won so much in the last games need confidence. The best confidence you can get is if you win.

"We have all the teams above us. We need to make the first step, to get one place higher and that will give us confidence."

Magath admitted following last week's loss to Chelsea that his side's defending must improve if Fulham are to avoid relegation.


He is certain they will and has confidence his team can their build on their first-half defensive display against Chelsea.

He added: "We stopped defending last week in the second half.

"What a team can do for 45 minutes a team is able to do for 90 minutes.

"We have to make it for 90 minutes, not only till half-time."

Striker Kostas Mitroglou could feature despite concerns over his hamstrings and match fitness.

Midfielder Scott Parker (knee) is out and winger Damien Duff (knee) has likely played his last game of the season, and possibly for the Cottagers as he is out of contract this summer.

Defender Fernando Amorebieta is still out, while William Kvist is likely to miss out with hamstring problems, despite playing 90 minutes for Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night.