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Fulham’s Felix Magath pleased at progress

Britain Soccer Premier League

Fulham’s manager Felix Magath waits for the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage stadium in London, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Felix Magath has his first win as Fulham manager and it was just as tough as it could’ve been against Newcastle, which was denied a late penalty kick off a handball by Johnny Heitinga.But don’t tell Magath about being fortunate, or how his team is still four points from safety.

Because this one’s sweet.

“You can imagine how glad I am,” Magath said. “We are very proud and happy. For us, it is a turning point.”

“If you have no results you have to change something. I told that to the players, so I changed some positions and it worked.

“It was a first win since New Year’s Day and now we are on the way and I’m very hopeful. Next week it will be a little bit difficult at Manchester City.”

Surely it will, but credit where it’s due. Magath mixed things up against in the Cottagers set up, and nearly took the lead earlier when Heitinga dinged the crossbar. They then watched as the ball crossed 95 percent of the goal line only to bound out, with Cauley Woodrow’s rebound goal deemed offsides.

“I had to change something. You never know whether you are right or not but Johnny Heitinga played very well.”

Ashkan Dejagah’s 68th minute goal may’ve been a mistake from Magpies keeper Tim Krul, but it was well-struck and sent home. And Fulham fans can breathe just a little easier, hoping against relegation that momentum has swung their way.

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