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Kieran Richardson of Fulham scores the opening goal of the game past Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan

Kieran Richardson is drawing on his experience of an extraordinary escape from relegation to inspire him during Fulham’s own battle for Premier League survival.

The former England international scored in West Brom’s final game of the 2004-05 season to keep the Baggies in the top flight and has hit form just at the right time for Felix Magath’s side. Richardson opened the scoring with a superb finish from the edge of the area as Fulham recorded a vital 2-1 win over Aston Villa yesterday afternoon and he gives his current side a better chance than West Brom of avoiding the drop.

Saturday’s late victory at Villa Park sets up a pivotal six-pointer against Norwich City, who are now only five points above Fulham, and sacked their manager Chris Hughton earlier this evening.

We’re very confident we can beat Norwich. It will be a hard, hard game – they’re fighting for the Premier League as well.

I’m a very positive thinker. My faith is very, very strong. My fate is in one person’s hands. The main man. God. I’m not worried. I do believe we will get out of it because we have the quality.

I’m ready if it goes that far. It doesn’t matter if it’s last day, last minute, last second, as long as we stay up in the Premier League that’s all that matters. West Brom weren’t expected to come out of their situation at all. With Fulham, the players we have, I’m always confident we can get a result.