Cauley Woodrow shrugged off rumours his Fulham boss is for the chop while shaking off a winless streak stretching back eight games.
It was an accomplished performance after a mediocre run. But the scorer of the all important second insists the team have been playing well enough without scoring - until now.
“I think we just went into the game like we did any other game,” Woodrow said. “The mood was slightly different this week and I don’t know why that was.
“The boys had obviously come on the back of a few bad results so we needed to get some good results to get away from the bottom three and today we did that.
“Derby are probably the best side in the league. So for us today to keep their goals out and be more clinical in their box was really good.”
The rumour mill had it that Fulham management was getting itchy feet over the man they appointed just five months ago.
It was meant to help, but fuel got added to the fire with a dreaded vote of confidence from chairman Shahid Khan in the match programme before the game.
Woodrow and co from the Whites academy were determined to stop the rot.
He said: “A lot of us have played under Kit before, he’s been our manager at under-18s and under-21s, half the squad is from the academy, so we have got a lot of respect for Kit and he has a lot of respect for us.
“So we want to do as well as we can for the club and obviously for Kit as well.
“As soon as you start to lose a few games some fans are always going to say he’s not the man or the job.
“But as soon as you start winning a few games all the fans will be 100 per cent behind him, so I don’t think that is a really big issue. As long as we can keep winning games, they will be behind us.”
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