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McClaren warns Rams not to take Fulham lightly

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

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HEAD coach Steve McClaren says Derby County must ignore Fulham's poor results and lowly position in the early Championship table.

Fulham face the Rams at the iPro Stadium today without a point on the board after three league games.

They have lost to Ipswich Town, Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and are struggling to find their feet following relegation from the Premier League.

But McClaren is reading nothing into the London club's record this season and still sees Fulham, Cardiff and Norwich City as the favourites to win promotion.

"It is tough for teams coming down because they have to adjust and it can be a culture shock, but the likes of Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich have big budgets and Premier League players," said McClaren.

"Fulham are finding it tough but I expect them to start winning very soon, hopefully after today.

"The quality of their team is there for everybody to see. They have got players like Scott Parker, Hugo Rodallega and Ross McCormack – it is inevitable they will eventually start picking up results.

"Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich, with their parachute payments, are the favourites this season for me all day long."

Fulham manager Felix Magath says his team can return to the top flight but admits the task of winning promotion from the Championship is bigger than he and club owner Shahid Khan had anticipated.

"I'm convinced that we can manage it this season," said Magath.

"I know that it is a very tough league – I've never said anything different. We have a lot of new players, a lot of young players, and have to give them a chance."

Magath has asked for patience from the Fulham supporters.

He said: "Sure the fans are not satisfied with the situation, but we have to change things and Fulham is not just struggling at the moment, they have been struggling for the last couple of years. The fans know that.

"If things are down for a long time you cannot change things in a few weeks. It needs time."

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