Magath: Win boosts confidence

first_img Press Association Ashkan Dejagah struck eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to give Magath his first win as Fulham boss at the fourth attempt in Newcastle’s first match since Alan Pardew’s headbutt of Hull midfielder David Meyler earned a three-match stadium ban. It was the Cottagers’ first Premier League win since collecting three points on January 14 against Norwich, following two points in the intervening eight games, and the remaining eight matches will determine their fate. Fulham are now within a point of second-bottom Cardiff, but West Brom remain four points ahead by winning at Swansea. “I do not care much about the other results,” Magath said. ” We have to do our work and we have to do our results. “It was not only the result today. We were the better team. “It will give us the confidence that we can avoid relegation and stay in the league. “I’m convinced that we can manage it and stay in the league. After this game and this victory I’m more than convinced.” Fulham thought their goal had come earlier as twice in the opening 10 minutes of the second half they had the ball in Newcastle’s net, only for Pajtim Kasami and Cauley Woodrow’s efforts to be ruled out for offside. Woodrow put the ball in after Johnny Heitinga’s shot had bounced down off the crossbar and, replays showed, by the smallest of fractions, on to the line. Magath, an advocate of goal-line technology, had no complaints. Fulham manager Felix Magath believes the 1-0 win over Newcastle will give the Cottagers the confidence to climb out of their predicament at the bottom of the Premier League. He added: “I’m glad that we have it here in the Premier League because that makes it more fair.” Magath made five changes following the loss at Cardiff, including fielding David Stockdale in goal in place of Maarten Stekelenburg, a selection which the Englishman justified with a string of outstanding saves. “It was a hard decision for Maarten, but he has taken it very well,” Magath added. “Maarten is a quiet keeper. He’s not loud and David is more exciting, he’s louder. That was my idea. “He was very good. We can thank him for this very good performance.” Stockdale denied Papiss Cisse and Fulham broke, the ball finding its way to Dejagah, who fired a shot under Tim Krul. The Iran winger was unable to complete the game due to an adductor hip injury which meant he was limited to a place on the bench. Magath also revealed Darren Bent was not considered due to a private matter. Pardew was helpless watching a live feed from his west London hotel as Newcastle suffered a fifth-successive loss. Magpies assistant manager John Carver twice spoke to Pardew during the game, at half-time and towards the end of the 90 minutes. Carver said: “It was pretty brief. Two conversations and that was it. “Other than him not being here for the 3.5 hours, he’s been right at the front of it.” At full-time Carver highlighted a possible penalty when Krul went up for a stoppage-time corner and felt the ball hit Heitinga’s arm, only for referee Howard Webb to blow for full-time. Carver had to keep his composure and tame an angry Krul. “I certainly counted to 10,” Carver added. “I had a nice, sensible conversation with Howard and he explained his reasons to me and I accepted that. “He (Webb) said that in the position he was in he couldn’t actually see it hit his arm. “(But) sometimes when you’re not quite sure you think ‘let’s end the game now’. “Tim was a bit animated. He wanted to go to see him. I said no, get yourself out, don’t go there. It’s not worth it.” last_img read more

Tennis News Dominic Thiem Beats Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer Stays Alive In ATP Masters Title

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Dominic Thiem produced a scintillating display of attacking tennis to beat Novak Djokovic and qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals on Tuesday, leaving the Serbian facing a shootout against Roger Federer. In the standout match so far at London’s O2 Arena, the Austrian fifth seed took the fight to the world number two, recovering from losing the first set to triumph 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5). Earlier, Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash. Federer and Djokovic will face off on Thursday in a repeat of this year’s Wimbledon final to determine who else will progress from Group Bjorn Borg.Thiem was forced to play high-stakes tennis against the 16-time Grand Slam winner, taking the breath away with some of his inside-out forehands and single-handed backhands Forced to play at his limit, he hit 50 winners compared with Djokovic’s tally of 27 but also racked up 44 unforced errors. “This was really one of these special matches, what I’ve practised all my life for, all my childhood for,” Thiem said. “Really epic one in an amazing atmosphere, beating a legend of our game. And also I’ve qualified for the semi-finals, which is the best. Coming back from 1-4 (down in the deciding tie-break) was a little bit of luck, but it was an unbelievable match and one I’ll never forget. Novak is the best player in the world and I had to do something special.”In a captivating first set the players swapped a break apiece but Djokovic, a five-time ATP Finals champion, edged the tie-break. Undaunted, Thiem broke his opponent at the first opportunity in the second set and, with Djokovic’s error count climbing, went on to level the match. Thiem also drew first blood in the decider but cracked in the sixth game as Djokovic levelled the match and appeared to have engineered a switch in momentum.Roger Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash and he will face Novak Djokovic. (Image credit: Getty Images)The Austrian successfully challenged at 30-30 in the 10th game after his forehand was ruled out, preventing a match point for Djokovic and he toughed it out to level at 5-5. He then broke Djokovic to love to earn a chance to serve for the match but stumbled and the decider went to a tie-break. Still the drama was not finished. Thiem slipped to 4-1 down but battled back to win it on his second match point when Djokovic dumped a forehand into the net.Federer stays aliveThird seed Federer had put himself under the cosh by losing his opening round-robin match to Thiem. The six-time champion was not at his fluent best on Tuesday but ultimately had too much for his Italian opponent. The Swiss upped his game to take the first set tie-break comfortably and broke immediately at the start of the second set to leave the big-serving Berrettini with too much to do. Federer was asked after his win against Berrettini whether his defeat to Djokovic at Wimbledon had left emotional or mental scars. “We’ll find out, but I think it’s all flushed away from my side,” said the Swiss. “A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.”Also Read | Roger Federer Loses To Dominic Thiem, Faces Early Exit From Year-Ending ATP FinalsDjokovic is hunting a sixth ATP Finals title to pull level with Federer’s record and is also seeking to pip Rafael Nadal to the year-end number one ranking. On Monday, top seed Nadal lost his opener in Group Andre Agassi to defending champion Alexander Zverev while Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Daniil Medvedev.last_img read more