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Cottagers make Hodgson proud
26 Feb 2010 - 07:57:42
Roy Hodgson hailed the achievement of his Fulham players after they sealed a place in the last 16 of the Europa League at the expense of holders Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Cottagers drew 1-1 in Ukraine on Thursday night to progress 3-2 on aggregate after Brede Hangeland's first-half header had been cancelled out by Jadson midway through the second period.
"It was one of those nights that the fans and everyone connected with Fulham can be very proud of," said Hodgson.
"We did marvellously well to score and then keep them at bay like we did. They're one of the best teams in Europe."
However, Hodgson admitted the aggregate victory had come at a cost after losing skipper Danny Murphy to a late red card and leading scorer Bobby Zamora to an Achilles injury.
Murphy will now miss the first leg of the quarter-final tie against Juventus next month.
"The only thing that marred the evening was the sending-off of Danny Murphy, who had a very good game and will now miss the next game," added Hodgson.
"Hopefully it doesn't start to catch up with us further down the road, but for now we'll just enjoy the splendour of the occasion."