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Hodgson still calm on Europe
26 Apr 2009 - 10:56:43
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson was still refusing to get carried away after seeing his side rise to seventh place in the Premier League thanks to a 1-0 home win over Stoke City.
The Cottagers overcame the early losses of both Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson to injury to see off the Potters, with Erik Nevland's goal taking Hodgson's men above West Ham.
However, a cool Hodgson said afterwards: "It would be a great honour and a tribute to the work the players have put in this year if they could sneak this seventh place.
"But the competition for that place is still very strong. We can't rule out Manchester City, Tottenham, Wigan and West Ham.
"Any one of those four, plus ourselves, can take that seventh place and it will all depend on who can keep their season going to the death and get the right results.
"There is no guarantee we will be in top seven in four games' time. A lot can happen in that time. We have got a tough programme with Everton and Aston Villa and Chelsea and Newcastle away.
"So I think this victory was important for us to bring us up to 47 points, because it distances us from some of the teams around the middle of the table.
"I was really delighted that we won it after losing our two front players as early as we did.
"For two-thirds of the game we really played well, but lost our way in the last third of the game.
"This was our 14th clean sheet so that is quite a good achievement. We have got a good goalkeeper, but it is also a great credit to the work that has gone on in front of him."