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By: Na 04 Jan 2011 07:00:09

Stockdale gives support to Hughes

Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale has given his support to Cottagers boss Mark Hughes.

Hughes will be in the home dugout against West Brom on Tuesday for the first time since Boxing Day - when some of the Cottagers' fans called for his head after the 3-1 home defeat to West Ham. But Fulham followed that with a surprise win at Stoke two days later, which they followed with another encouraging - if pointless - performance at Tottenham.

Stockdale said: "Everyone outside the club was asking questions at one point but, as you saw against Stoke and Tottenham, everyone here is behind the manager."

He added: "The lads put in two good performances last week and I think we deserved at least a point out of the game on Saturday against a top-four side.

"If you take those performances, we are a top-10 side and we just need to keep believing and we'll be there at the end of the season.

"We're looking to move out of the bottom positions as soon as possible, which I'm certain we will do. It's just a matter of time."

Hughes returned the compliment to a player who was set to earn a shock England call-up when deputising for Mark Schwarzer at the start of the season before missing out due to injury.

"Had it not been for his injury, he would probably have made the England squad," Hughes said.

"He made a real impression when he came in and with Mark absent we've got to hope he makes a similar impression.

"He's been training well and he has been aware that this period has been coming up, so he's ready for it."


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