Wednesday 21 March 2018

Fulham's focus on great escape

Fulham 1 Norwich 0

Nathan Redmond of Norwich is tackled by John Heitinga of Fulham
Nathan Redmond of Norwich is tackled by John Heitinga of Fulham
Norwich is tackled by John Heitinga of Fulham
Ashkan Dejagah of Fulham is tackled by Michael Turner of Norwich
Hugo Rodallega of Fulham clashes with Michael Turner of Norwich

Tom Allnutt

Neil Adams believes his Norwich side deserved at least a draw after they "dominated the game for long spells".

Adams was taking charge of his first match in the Premier League, but Hugo Rodallega's first-half finish ensured it ended a disappointing afternoon for the visitors at Craven Cottage.

The defeat comes as a crushing blow for the Canaries, who are now just two points clear of the relegation places with four matches to play.

"It's hard to take, very hard to take – I couldn't have asked for any more," Adams said. "I thought they were first class. The desire and the commitment they showed was excellent. I thought we got it tactically spot on and I thought we dominated the game for long spells. We had chances and we haven't taken them, and that's ultimately cost us."

Norwich did have the better opportunities in the first half and Fulham had goalkeeper David Stockdale to thank for keeping the scores level.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel went closest, diverting Martin Olsson's cross towards goal and forcing Stockdale into a smart save.

Van Wolfswinkel arrived for £8.5m last summer but has endured a disappointing campaign, managing just one goal in 25 appearances this season.

"Obviously Ricky needs a goal," Adams said.

"He's come with a hefty price tag and he works his socks off – he gives you everything you want in a centre-forward but, of course, they're paid to score goals and he knows that. If he gets one I think he'll go on a run, but it just doesn't seem to come for him at the moment."

The win over Norwich was only the second time this season the Cottagers have recorded back-to-back victories and manager Felix Magath believes his side's confidence is growing.

"We have won two games in a row and that helps us be confident – now there are more people who believe we will stay in the league," Magath said.

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