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Magath explains Stockdale selection

16 March 2014 10:32

Fulham coach Felix Magath selected David Stockdale against Newcastle United as he backed the goalkeeper to rally his team-mates.

Stockdale was preferred to regular number one Maarten Stekelenburg for Saturday's Craven Cottage clash and the move paid dividends as Fulham ended a nine-match winless run in the Premier League.

Ashkan Dejagah's second-half goal handed Magath his first victory in charge as Stockdale kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 triumph.

And the German explained why Stockdale was given the nod ahead of his Dutch team-mate.

"The idea was Marteen is a quiet keeper, he is not loud and David is more exciting, louder, and that was my idea - that we need someone who gives more excitement to the players," he said.

"Fortunately it worked. He was very good and we can thank him for his very good performance.

"It was a tough decision for Maarten but he has taken it very well."

The result lifted Fulham to within four points of safety.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
15 March 2014
Game week
30
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Craven Cottage (London)
Attendance
25664

Goals

A. Dejagah 68'
(assist by L. Holtby) 
1 - 0

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Substitutes

# Player Bookings
24 68' 68'
27
33
1
3
20
26
# Player Bookings
23
22
43
15
19
27
42

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +23 39
2 17 +22 39
3 17 +12 32
4 17 +10 31
5 17 +15 29
6 17 +9 27
7 17 -1 27
8 17 +3 25
9 17 -5 23
10 17 -3 22
11 17 +0 21
12 17 -10 20
13 16 -3 19
14 17 -9 19
15 17 -6 17
16 17 -12 17
17 17 -8 15
18 17 -14 15
19 17 -9 13
20 17 -14 10

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