Fulham defender Sascha Riether impressed by Rene Meulensteen
Sascha Riether has hailed the impact of new Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen in their battle for survival.
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Last Updated: 10/12/13 12:19pm
Meulensteen celebrated his first win in charge in Sunday's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa to end a run of seven straight defeats in all competitions.
Fulham were also unlucky to lose to Tottenham in Meulensteen's first game and Riether claims the former Manchester United coach has already restored confidence in the players after replacing Martin Jol at the helm at Craven Cottage.
"When he speaks to the team it's very good and motivating," Riether told West London Sport. "You can see on the pitch that everyone is fighting for each other.
"He has changed different things. We as players have reacted on the pitch. If you are not a team you will win nothing, which is why we got the three points [against Villa].
"Football is in the head - it's not easy if you lose six or seven games in a row. We've got an old, experienced team, so you've got to handle it."
Riether has also called on Fulham team-mate Dimitar Berbatov to ignore speculation over his future and maintain the performances he put in against Tottenham and Villa.
"He's our best player, no doubt," added Riether.
"We need him to come out of this situation and I hope he will work for the team like he's done in the past week."