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Ranieri believes Fulham can survive relegation despite dramatic Spurs defeat

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Ranieri backs his team to beat the drop after losing to Spurs

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri believes his team can still beat the drop and save their Premier League status after losing to Spurs in the most dramatic of manner.

Harry Winks headed it in off Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s cross in the 93rd minute to seal all three points for the visitors after Dele Alli had cancelled out Fernando Llorente’s own goal in the first half.

Fulham fell seven points adrift of safety with that defeat but Ranieri, who was pleased with his team’s performance, pointed his finger at referee Craig Pawson for denying Aleksandar Mitrovic a penalty.

“Unbelievable. Our first half was fantastic and we also had a penalty but the referee didn’t see and a penalty is when the referee whistles,” the former Leicester City boss told a news conference.

“There was a big penalty on Mitrovic, but it’s OK. I think it was a good match, second half we controlled the match very well in a defensive way.

“We gave a gift with the first goal and the second goal is unbelievable to explain because we had free-kicks and I said to players: ‘Why do we have to put the ball in the box? Why?’

“We lack experience. There was a ball close to the corner, take the ball to the corner, spend 10 seconds, but the keeper puts a long ball, we intercept the ball and we want to kick on goal.

“[We should] stay calm, keep possession, finish the match and at the end, after three minutes of extra time, they score the goal.”

“I am positive because when you play this kind of football, this kind of performance, you must believe, and I believe in my players,” he added.

“We are alive, we continue to fight. The team showed fantastic performances. I can only say well done but stay very smart until the end.”

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