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Roy Hodgson will persist with his first-choice line up in the belief they have the ability to keep Fulham safe in the Barclays Premier League.

Hodgson has kept faith with the same team since the start of the season, injury permitting, and does not intend ringing the chances despite accumulating just three victories.

The Cottagers host Newcastle on Sunday and Hodgson will give his preferred side another chance to prove his loyalty is deserved.

“I believe the players we have are good enough to get the results we want,” he said.

“There will still be some ups and downs so we must keep our feet on the ground. I’ll stick by the squad.

“We have players who may feel they haven’t had the chances they feel they deserve so far.

“They’ll be hoping to get their chance if things don’t improve, but I’ll be sticking with this squad at the moment.

“I don’t have any regrets over this squad, I think it’s good enough to get us where we want to be.

“We’re not pretending to challenge the top four, but we do want to challenge the teams below them and that’s what we’re aiming to do.”

Fulham struck the woodwork twice in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat by Everton and Hodgson feels his side are not getting the rub of the green.

“Teams that are playing well and scoring get the lucky goals as well,” he said.

“Aston Villa are having a good season and the goal they scored on Thursday night (in the UEFA Cup) was fairly lucky, taking a deflection.

“That’s what happens when you’re on a high and when things are down they don’t happen. You have to believe.”