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Hughes feeling the pressure now.

Fulham .................................1 West Ham ............................3 MARK Hughes admitted Fulham's fans were within their rights to call for his head after yesterday's 3-1 home defeat to West Ham dragged the club into the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

The Cottagers boss left the field yesterday afternoon to chants of "Hughes out," having earlier been subjected to taunts of"You don'tknowwhat you're doing" ashewatchedhis side throwawayaone-goal lead against the rock-bottom Hammers.

The result - an eighth game without a win for Fulham - ensured they would end the weekendin the drop zone, level on points with yesterday's opponents.

Hughes, who is now under real pressure less than six months after succeeding Roy Hodgson, said: "When you lose home games I think they're well within their rights to vent frustration, because they've seen their team lose at home, which is not something that's happened on that regular an occasion.

"But I think deep down, the vast majority understand what we're trying to do and it will take time, and we've just got to be patient.

"Ifwe do that, there are good players here and we'll come through the other end.

"But it's frustrating for everyone because we're better than we've shown."

Andy Johnson was guilty of wasting more than one chance to score today, most notably when Fulham were leading 1-0 through Aaron Hughes' first goal for more than six years and completely dominating their beleaguered opponents.

But they were architects of their own demise, Dickson Etuhu and Hughes playing in Carlton Cole to score either side of a goal from strike partner Frederic Piquionne.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 27, 2010
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