Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gritty Fulham Show They Can Pull off an Incredible Escape

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Gritty Fulham Show They Can Pull off an Incredible Escape

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro

fulham 2 liverpool 3 WHEN the disappointment of this cruel defeat subsides, Rene Meulensteen will take comfort from another promising performance that suggests his side can avoid relegation.

Fulham remain bottom of the Premier League but they look ready for the fight and showed enough again last night to give Meulensteen hope of staying up.

"You can see the improvement," said the head coach, whose side are without a win since New Year's Day.

"We just need to get that break, get those three points on the board and build from there."

If Fulham continue to play with the energy and desire they demonstrated against Liverpool at Craven Cottage, Meulensteen (below) will be increasingly optimistic of engineering an escape act. Fulham, who are four points from safety with an inferior goal difference to all of the teams above them, had Liverpool on the back foot in spells and twice led before eventually succumbing to Steven Gerrard's injury time penalty.

The home side look a team revitalised and the players must now build on this performance as they aim to go on a late-season rally.

There was an intensity about Fulham that has too often been missing this season. They frustrated Liverpool, pressed their opponents into mistakes, kept Luis Suarez relatively quiet and deserved at least a point. Lewis Holtby, on loan from Tottenham, was again excellent.

"The new players are definitely making a difference," said Meulensteen. "We played well, were well organised and, with the effort the boys put in, a defeat like this is very hard to take. We have to take it game by game now but the energy and spirit in the team is good and some of the displays last night were excellent."

If Meulensteen did have two games to save his job then he can sleep a little easier after a couple of encouraging displays against Manchester United and Liverpool. …

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