Fulham are positioned at the foot of the table four points adrift of safety but Magath, who replaced the axed René Meulensteen on February 14, views only one outcome at the end of the season. “This job is not tougher than I expected it to be. I knew that it would be a difficult job and it is,” he said. “But I don’t worry about that, I’m happy to be here. I’m looking forward and I’m convinced we’ll stay in the league. “I’m not looking at next season because we have to realise that we may not be staying in the Premier League, but I’m convinced that we will.” Should Fulham’s 13-season stay in the top flight come to an end in May, Magath insists he will remain at Craven Cottage. “I’m sure I will still be here, wherever the club is. I’m happy here and want to stay,” he said. Fulham have won just one of their last 13 Premier League games and have secured just 13 points at Craven Cottage all season. In contrast, Champions League-chasing Everton have won their last four matches. “Everton are in good shape, we’ve seen their result at Newcastle last weekend (winning 3-0). It will be our most difficult game here at Craven Cottage,” Magath said. “I don’t think about the other teams because we know we have to win games, otherwise we have no chance of staying in the league. “We have to win because we are a few points adrift, so we need more points than the other teams at the bottom.” Fulham continue to be without £12million Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou, who has yet to recover from a knee injury. Mitroglou has made only two appearances for the Cottagers since his deadline-day signing in January, but Magath hopes he will return soon. “Kostas is not happy about being injured, but it’s a normal thing for a football player. They get injuries,” he said. “We will see if he can join us in training next week. If there is a risk we will wait longer.” Press Association Felix Magath is convinced Fulham will win their battle for survival in the Barclays Premier League. Sunday’s clash with Everton is the first of four matches at Craven Cottage that will be critical to the club’s drive to escape relegation. Once the Toffees have been negotiated, Norwich, Hull and Crystal Palace are due to visit south west London.
Press Association He was in no doubt the West Ham win was deserved, but was also keen to stress that the result had been the most important thing. And he added: “I would love to be a lucky manager whose team plays c**p and wins. “But we have not been that, and I think that is because the level and technical ability of sides you are playing against in the Premier League doesn’t allow you to do that too often.” Pearson had declared himself “very pleased” with the way his players approached Saturday’s match, but also said: “We probably played better against Spurs. “We have been playing well but what we have not been able to do is achieve three points and that is always going to be the big ask at this level. “Now we have to make sure that, when the players refocus themselves from the West Ham game and result, we plan for the next game. That is how it is.” Leicester are six points adrift of safety with eight games left to play – one more than all the other clubs in the relegation battle. And Pearson said: “It would be a pretty grumpy man who wouldn’t let his players enjoy winning. But the reality is that we all know the situation we are in. The Foxes, the Barclays Premier League’s bottom side, beat West Ham 2-1 at home on Saturday to give their bid for survival a much-needed boost. It was the first time they had secured maximum points in nine attempts and Pearson believes his men’s efforts have warranted far more than they have yielded of late, with the 4-3 loss at Tottenham on March 21 being a particular case in point. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson admits he would be happy to see his team putting in “c**p” performances if victories came with it. “The key factor in all this is to get the balance right between being able to enjoy successes, but also understanding why we have been a success and where in other games we have come unstuck.” Pearson’s opposite number Sam Allardyce feels Leicester’s performances show they have the quality to stay up. Asked if he thought the Foxes had enough to survive, the West Ham manager said: “I don’t think they’ve shown anything other than enough – they just haven’t got the results.” Allardyce’s own team – ninth in the table – have had little joy on the results front themselves recently, with Saturday’s loss meaning they have now won only once in nine league fixtures. Their fate was sealed at the King Power Stadium by a close-range finish from substitute Andy King in the 86th minute of a contest which looked throughout as if it could go either way. Cheikhou Kouyate cancelled out Esteban Cambiasso’s fine 12th-minute opener for the hosts by firing in around the half hour mark, and the Hammers midfielder also hit the post in the second half, while Allardyce’s men weathered plenty of attacks at the other end. They almost found themselves 2-0 down early on, with goalkeeper Adrian coming to their rescue as he saved David Nugent’s 15th-minute penalty by diving to his left. And the Spanish stopper has revealed not only that he was confident he knew beforehand which way Nugent would shoot – but also that he let the Leicester forward know as much as he stepped up to take the spot-kick in an effort to unsettle him. “Every time, the day before, I watch the strikers on video,” Adrian said. “I know where they strike the ball. His best side was that side. “I told him before the penalty that I knew that. I tried to make him nervous. “It was unlucky for him that I saved the penalty.”