The manager expected the second-choice keeper to provide more vocal support and backing to his team-mates compared to the "quiet" Marteen Stekelenburg in the victory over Newcastle
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Ashkan Dejagah's second-half goal handed Magath his first victory in charge as Stockdale kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 triumph and the German explained why Stockdale was given the nod ahead of his Dutch team-mate.
"The idea was Marteen is a quiet keeper, he is not loud and David is more exciting, louder, and that was my idea - that we need someone who gives more excitement to the players," he said.
"Fortunately it worked. He was very good and we can thank him for his very good performance.
"It was a tough decision for Maarten but he has taken it very well."
The result lifted Fulham to within four points of safety.