Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insists he has the full backing of his players during the club’s fight against relegation from the Premier League.

Fulham, who are five points adrift of safety, travel to Bolton on Tuesday night looking to record their first win since November.

But despite their poor record of late, Hodgson insists his team are focused on improving their plight and are in good spirits.

“The morale about the place does not seem too bad,” said Hodgson.

“I don’t come into work seeing miserable faces and people who are not energetic about their job.

“But, at the top level of any sport, results are everything. For the players to get the best out of themselves, they need the knives removed from their throats.

“But you cannot remove those knives until they get the results. It is all too simple to say that one result will change the situation because I cannot guarantee it.

“Each one of these 15 games left has enormous significance for us. Week for week, I think we are taking steps forward but until we get those points, I cannot prove it.”

Fulham expect to take a healthy following to Bolton and Hodgson is grateful for the supporters’ patience during their relegation battle.

He added: “The support from the fans is very important and it has also been good so far.

“We are getting the sort of support we would expect, maybe even more because we are at the bottom of the table.

“I can only hope the supporters have empathy with our plight and share our concerns but also give credit when it is due.”