Hughes relieved with Fulham win

Cottagers boss delighted to climb out of bottom three

Hughes: Pleased with festive programme

Hughes: Pleased with festive programme

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Fulham boss Mark Hughes believes his side's 3-0 win over West Brom will calm nerves around Craven Cottage.

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Some Fulham fans called for Hughes' head after their 3-1 home defeat by West Ham on Boxing Day and despite winning at Stoke, they slipped back into the relegation zone following Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.

But Simon Davies opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time against West Brom on Tuesday night before delivering corners for Clint Dempsey and Brede Hangeland to seal Fulham's first win in six games at Craven Cottage.

It was only the third home victory of the season for Hughes' men and took them out of the bottom three.

"I think it settles everybody down," Hughes told Sky Sports. "And we were good value for it tonight.

"They were great goals, each and every one of them, and I thought we played well.

End product

"I thought we stuck to our principles. We like to get the ball down, pass it and move, and today we had the end product, which hasn't always been the case, so we're delighted."

Fulham have responded well to that Boxing Day defeat by fellow strugglers West Ham as they also performed well against Spurs, despite losing at White Hart Lane.

The Cottagers are now above West Brom on goal difference and sitting in 13th place after the festive programme.

"We've had a decent few games," Hughes added. "Obviously it was a great win at Stoke, a good performance against Spurs last time out and we won today so it's been a decent Christmas."