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Holtby hopeful of survival

first_img The Whites twice let leads slip away from them before Steven Gerrard struck what was a sickening winner for midfielder Holtby, one of the hosts’ standout players. “It is really hard to imagine we lost this game,” the Germany international said. “We had a really good game. “The second and third goals are sloppy goals, we should have done better. We could have had three points last night. “Should’ve, would’ve, could’ve – we lost the game and have to pick ourselves up and be mentally ready for the next game. “It could have been three points against a Liverpool side who did not have their best game. It is really disappointing. “Credit to all the guys, we had a fantastic game, but we have nothing and that is not what you need when you are fighting against relegation.” Holtby is right: Fulham need points and they need them quickly. Manager Rene Meulensteen believes the Cottagers need seven wins from their remaining 12 matches if they are to avoid seeing the drop. Fulham are rooted to the foot of the table with just 12 matches remaining, but Lewis Holtby believes they possess the attitude and aptitude required to stave off relegation. Things look bleak for the west Londoners right now, marooned four points adrift of safety with a goal difference of minus 32 – the worst in the Premier League. However, Fulham’s recent displays belie those statistics, with Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United followed by an unfortunate, last-gasp 3-2 loss to Liverpool on Wednesday. The bookmakers certainly think survival is out of reach, making Fulham firm favourites for the drop. Holtby, though, has seen enough since joining on loan in January to remain confident of confounding the doubters. “The belief is always there,” he said. “We have to be mentally strong and that is the key to getting out of the drop zone. “There is enough. We have got the quality to stay up but we need to get some points. “We need to be solid at the back because we are conceding too many goals and that is a problem. “We conceded two in the last game, three last night, and that is too many.” Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgShe may be the only woman left on TV3’s The Apprentice.But Donegal woman Joanne Sweeney-Burke has a secret weapon on her side – God!It’s been revealed that Joanne and the only other female left in the competition, Sandra Murphy, regularly went to the local church together to light candles. But Cork woman Sandra got the boot by Bill Cullen this week leaving Joanne as the only woman left on the show.Joanne was seen weeping uncontrollably in this week’s TV show when she realised her friend Sandra had got the boot.However friends of Joanne say the eviction will make her even more determined to impress millionaire Cullen.“Bill famously said he wanted someone with liathroidi. Well it’s no secret that Joanne has bigger balls than all of the guys left on the show. “It’s going to take something special or a completely cock-up on Joanne’s behalf to get her sacked at this stage,” said a friend. JOANNE FINDS GOD AND HER LIATHROIDI TO PUT HER IN APPRENTICE POLE POSITION was last modified: December 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Joanne Sweeney-BurkeThe ApprenticeTV3last_img read more