Woodrow aims to repay boss

Cauley Woodrow says Fulham’s youngsters hope to repay the faith shown in them by manager Felix Magath, if given the chance this season.

The 19-year-old striker hit the only goal for the west London club in their victory over Turkish side Caykur Rizespor on Saturday, his second strike of an impressive pre-season for the England Under-21 international.

“That was the first chance I’d had all game,” Woodrow said of his composed late finish. “I just tried to keep my head over the ball and stick it in the net.

“The manager showed faith in a lot of us last season and I think he will this term.”

Cauley Woodrow

“Before the game, the manager said he wanted to get another win and a clean sheet, and we did that so hopefully he’s pleased – and it was also nice for the boys to get another run out.”

The Rizespor win brought to an end the club’s time in Austria and Woodrow believes the week’s preparations served him and his team-mates well ahead of their Championship opener with Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday.

“It was a successful week,” he explained to FulhamFC.com. “We’ve had double sessions, we’ve been training hard and we’re just raring to go now really.

“Our main focus is onto Saturday now against Ipswich so we’ll be training hard all week and preparing for the game at the weekend.”

The upcoming campaign will be Woodrow’s first full season with the senior squad – as it will be for Patrick Roberts and several others – and the striker is keen to reward boss Magath for the trust he has shown in the club’s youngsters.

“It’s massive for us young lads,” he admitted. 

“The manager showed faith in a lot of us last season and I think he will this term as well if we continue to work hard and do well, so fingers crossed we get some game time.”