Capital One Cup: Fulham boss Felix Magath happy with win over Brentford
Last Updated: 27/08/14 3:37pm
Relieved Fulham boss Felix Magath believes the 1-0 Capital One Cup win at Brentford will help his struggling side turn the corner in the Championship.
The under-fire Cottagers chief had double reason to be relieved after seeing £11million striker Ross McCormack score the only goal of the game in a hard-fought affair at west London rivals Brentford.
"I am very pleased for him because that goal will give him confidence and the win will give us confidence for the future," he said.
"We dominated parts of the game and it was a very good performance which will give us confidence for the future. I am happy with the result, our first win of the season, and it was very important for us."
But his joy was tempered by the loss of Scott Parker, who went to hospital for a scan on a hip injury which saw him substituted at the break.
Magath revealed he expected to dip into the transfer market in the coming days and shrugged off suggestions he did not have the backing of the club's owner after a dreaded vote of confidence before the banana skin tie.
McCormack settled the tie on 69 minutes, latching on to Chris David's defence-splitting through ball to slide a low shot into the far corner and settle the derby.
Brentford boss Mark Warburton said his players were disappointed at the early cup exit, but stressed he would rather have the five Championship points amassed so far than a pass into the next round.
"We got into some very good areas and had good possession but didn't test the keeper enough in the second half. We didn't look after the ball well enough at times and gave it away cheaply, but overall there were plenty of positives," he said.
"A lot of players got minutes on the pitch, which is very important because I can't talk about the strength of the squad without using it."
Warburton was also quick to scotch rumours that Brentford had let last season's League One Player of the Year Adam Forshaw sign for Wigan on the cheap.
He said: "As far as I'm aware he's gone, but anyone who thinks we've let him go for £2m or £3m is living on a different planet. The owner is happy with the deal which tells you a lot."
Warburton's night might have gone better but he saw his side repeatedly concede possession to their near rivals.
Tim Hoogland twice went close for Fulham with long range efforts for the visitors before the break as the game ebbed from end to end.
Fulham's best chance fell to Cauley Woodrow on the half hour but the teenager skied Kay Voser's pinpoint right wing cross from close range.
Brentford's Spanish import Jota went closest for the hosts in the opening stages, stinging Marcus Bettinelli's fingertips with a rising angled drive.
McCormack thought he had broken the deadlock on the hour when he skipped away from the Bees flat back four and fired home, only to see the effort ruled out for offside.
But his goal proved decisive and Magath said: "Without results I cannot feel relaxed and without goals we don't have confidence, so it is a good night."