Richardson: We can stay up

Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson says there is a growing belief within the squad that they can avoid relegation.

The Cottagers' Premier League survival hopes have improved dramatically in recent weeks, as two straight wins moved them to two points off Norwich in 17th place.

Speaking to Sky Sports News at an open training day at Craven Cottage, Richardson said: "We have a big game on Saturday against Spurs and we need three points.

"We have had two wins on the bounce and can see some light. We have a big, big game on Saturday against Tottenham away and hopefully we will have a lot of away fans to come and support us and get behind the team. We are going to need them to get three points there.

"At this stage of the season we need three points - draws are not good enough - we need the win. It's exciting and a bit stressful but I'm excited and I enjoy a bit of pressure.

"It's a bit stressful but it's part and parcel of the game down there. The table doesn't lie and at the moment we are three from bottom so we need the three points on Saturday."

Richardson is staying focused on facing Spurs but feels his side are also capable of getting positive results in their remaining games against Hull City, Stoke City and Crystal Palace.

He added: "We try to take each game at a time and we want to win all our remaining games, but I don't look further than the next game and that is Tottenham away.

"We have two home games against Hull and Crystal Palace and we are very confident we can win those games as well as Stoke away as well."

The midfielder says new manager Felix Magath has had a positive effect on the squad since his arrival at Craven Cottage.

Richardson said: "He's a nice man, a top guy, he tells you how it is. Everything about him is top drawer. You don't come from a top club like Bayern Munich for no reason. He has a lot of experience in the game and we listen and learn from him in training.

"The first week of training was very hard but the lads have adapted well to a new manager coming in and a new regime.

"We have meetings quite regularly and we can see how much he wants to win. He has a lot of passion and has drummed it in to us about how important it is to stay up. You can sense when he talks how badly he wants to do it."