Felix Magath knows that tomorrow’s trip to Derby will provide another stern test of his struggling side as Fulham seek to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat on their return to the Championship.
The German coach is beginning to come under pressure after Fulham’s third defeat of the season against Wolves on Wednesday night was greeted with boos and chants calling for the manager’s dismissal. He isn’t expecting the task to get any easier against one of the pre-season favourites for promotion on Saturday afternoon.
I watched them last year at Brighton & Hove Albion and also in the Play-Off Final. They’re a team who play good football and they’re one of the favourites for promotion. Only in the last minute did they lose the Play-Offs so it will be a tough game.
We go there and, like always, we will talk about the Wolves game and prepare for Derby. It happens that you will lose games, but three in a row is a lot.
Derby aren’t as strong physically as Wolves, Millwall or Ipswich but they’re a better team. For us, it will be a better game. We know we don’t have the most physical team but that wasn’t the idea. The idea was to have a team that can play.
Magath will again be without summer signing Adam Taggart, although the Australian international striker is close to returning to full training following a back injury.
He’s improving but he’s not training with us yet. It will last a few more days.