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Magath feeling the nerves

Felix Magath has confessed to feeling nervous about the next two weeks as Fulham's battle against relegation reaches its dramatic conclusion.

Magath is convinced that wins at Stoke and at home to Crystal Palace in their final two games will see the Cottagers safe, but the veteran German manager has never experienced relegation in his 19-year career and is aware how close Fulham are to ending that record.

"For me, it (keeping Fulham in the Premier League) would be my most successful achievement," he said.

"I have never been relegated and I'm a bit afraid of the situation, I don't know how it feels to be relegated. I am afraid.

"I am always nervous, without nerves you cannot bring 100 per cent. The mental side is always the most important thing - the players know how to kick, mentality is what we are fighting for.

"I still believe two wins will be enough. There is no doubt, we need three points to have the chance to not be relegated. That is the situation.

"We know Stoke are a very good team at home, but we are confident that we have developed in the last few weeks and showed against Hull last weekend that we are able to play good games.

"Away from home we won at Aston Villa and we are confident we can manage it. The atmosphere is very good and the players want to show people we are still alive."