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Stockdale backs 'bulldogs'

David Stockdale believes Fulham's 'bulldogs' will help the club to preserve their Premier League status.

The Cottagers certainly need to show some fighting spirit over the coming weeks, with a forgettable campaign having left them in a relegation scrap.

Back-to-back wins have offered fresh hope in their battle to beat the drop, but they remain two points adrift of safety with four games to play.

Stockdale is convinced that Felix Magath's men can bridge that gap, with a determined core of key performers ready to go to 'war' for the good of the collective cause.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper told the Daily Telegraph: "We will stay up because we're Fulham, because we're bulldogs and we'll keep fighting.

"I'm from the barracks. If you need someone to get going in a war, I'd step up.

"I'd pick Steve Sidwell to come with me straight away as a mate. I'd pick Scott Parker and Brede Hangeland. I call them 'the bulldogs'. Hugo Rodallega has come in and shown he can do it.

"The people we bring here are people who want to fight for the club and are also good people.

"You'll never have Fulham in the papers because we've got outrage in the ranks. People pull together. If there's something wrong, we deal with it in-house.

"A few of the lads had a talk recently. 'Do you understand where you are?' I said. 'You're at Fulham Football Club. We can't just let this crumble into nothing and fade away'.

"Fulham are the club who gave me the chance. If I move on one day, there's always a place for Fulham in my heart. This club is special."