Fulham boss Hodgson credits chairman for Birmingham victory

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has credited chairman Mohamed Al Fayed for playing a role in Saturday's crucial victory over Birmingham City.

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It was the first time the Cottagers had registered successive Premiership victories since September 2006 and Hodgson revealed Al Fayed played his part in the outcome.

"Mr Al Fayed talked to the players individually before the game, wishing them luck," he said. "I don't mind him coming into the changing room at all - it's his club.

"When I was at Inter Milan (president) Massimo Moratti would always come into the dressing room before and after the game. I thought that was good.

"It proves the chairman is 100% behind the players and that he identifies with them. Mr Al Fayed made a big effort before the Birmingham match and I'm sure it was appreciated."

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