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Hodgson keeper concerns continue
Published : 02 Oct 2009 15:20:00
Roy Hodgson admits Fulham may be forced to play a second successive Europa league match without a substitute goalkeeper. The Cottagers completed Thursday night's 1-0 victory over Basle without cover on the bench after UEFA rejected their approach to register Pascal Zuberbuhler as cover, and Hodgson admitted they may face Roma in three weeks time without the former Swiss international once again. "We dispute UEFA's decision. We think the game would be denigrated if an outfield player was in goal because your keeper became injured," he said. "UEFA want to make the league stronger and more prestigious so I don't understand this decision. We protested and appealed but they stuck firm by their decision. The Cottagers are without Mark Schwarzer because of a spate of injuries. David Stockdale is sidelined with a knee problem while the two 18-year-old B-list keepers are also in the treatment room. Hodgson added: "With any luck Stockdale will be fit for the next game against Roma but there's no guarantee. If he isn't we could be in the same situation again." Danny Murphy's 57th-minute strike nudged the Cottagers to the top of Group E but Fulham could count themselves lucky that Marco Streller and Benjamin Huggel missed sitters in each half. "Basle were good, as any team who can beat Roma 2-0 would be. They have a good pedigree in Europe," said Hodgson. "They might not be a name that is very familiar to English fans but they are a very good team and showed that . "But I was pleased with the way we dug in and stuck to our task. We got some passing going in the second half and that led to our goal. It was a tight game that could have gone either way. We played better against Arsenal on Sunday but this was an important victory."