Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Sanchez will lift us out of trouble: Hughes

Aaron Hughes has backed Lawrie Sanchez to lift struggling Fulham out of the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

Minutes after Joey Barton's penalty winner for Newcastle United on Saturday, the former Northern Ireland boss was named as the next most likely managerial casualty in England's top flight.

Sanchez will this week be having nightmares about P45s as his side sit in the bottom three ahead of Saturday's visit of Wigan - who moved to within a point of their relegation rivals at the weekend. If the Londoners taste defeat again at Craven Cottage, Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed may decide that a change at the top is needed but Hughes, who has shared many highs with Sanchez on the international stage, feels his manager can escape the axe.

" There is always pressure in football, whether it is pressure to win trophies or pressure to escape relegation," said the Northern Ireland and Fulham skipper.

"Yes, our results have been disappointing but there is no reason why our confidence should be low as performances have not been as bad as the results suggest.

"Everyone, including Lawrie, is in this together and we have to roll the sleeves up and make sure we get the results we need to come through this difficult period."

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