Moritz Volz called on Fulham’s players to take responsibility for their position in the relegation dogfight as the Whites prepared for life under new boss Lawrie Sanchez.

The Northern Ireland manager was drafted in as a replacement for the sacked Chris Coleman until the end of the season with Fulham insisting that the threat of relegation left them with no choice but to dismiss their former captain.

German full back Volz admitted his side needed to marry a renewed work ethic with the missing quality on the pitch.

“It’s in our own hands. It’s about concentrating, focusing and making sure we finish the season the best we can. I can’t foresee the future so I can’t tell you how many points we will need, but I’m sure we’ll need a few, and I’m sure we’ll get them. This is the best league in the world and often you don’t get anything with just hard work: you need class as well.”