Ahead of Sunday’s crucial match against Aston Villa, Roy Hodgson has admitted that time is starting to run out for his Fulham team as they look to avoid relegation from the Premier League. The Independent reports that the former Blackburn coach is all too aware that defeat in their next few matches will almost certainly consign them to the Championship.
“I’m still confident we can work hard enough to take ourselves out of it,” he says, after training on Friday at Fulham’s Motspur Park base. “But I’m not making promises, and I don’t want to say anything that will have people walking away from here saying, ‘He’s dreaming’. We know the enormity of the task in front of us.”
Perhaps it takes a little more than hard work to win matches in the top flight, with the Cottagers especially woeful away from home where they’ve not managed a win all season. He will be aware that it’s a confident Villa team which his team face this afternoon, especially with many of their players included in England manager Fabio Capello’s thoughts. Are Fulham doomed or is it far too early to be making outlandish predictions, given how many teams are scrapping for survival?