Fulham manager Felix Magath is convinced the likes of “small town” relegation rivals Norwich, Sunderland and Cardiff will all be feeling the pressure more in the dogfight for Premier League survival than his side are at Craven Cottage.
Veteran midfielder Scott Parker suggested things were getting “very tense, very nervy” as the season draws towards a conclusion, with Fulham having won two of their last three matches to close back in towards safety.
Magath’s side, two points adrift, could climb out of the bottom three with victory over FA Cup finalists Hull at home today.
The German believes the attention placed on the fortunes of the other teams fighting to stay up could work in Fulham’s favour.
“In my opinion I think the atmosphere at Norwich or Sunderland or Cardiff will be more nervous than here,” said Magath, appointed in mid-February as the club’s third manager of the season.
“We are under pressure, but not so much under pressure as these clubs from the small towns where the whole town is behind the club.
“For Sunderland, it will be a much more interesting thing, the football club (for the town) than Fulham is here in London.”
Fulham certainly have, on paper at least, a more favourable run-in than the teams around them, with a trip to Stoke ahead of the final match against Crystal Palace, who are safe on 40 points following an amazing turnaround under Tony Pulis.
“I am convinced we will stay up if we win our home games, but we have another game next week away at Stoke and there is always a chance to win three points,” he said. “We will not only try to win at our home games, we try to win every game.”