Murphy inspired by 'phenomenal' support

12 May 2010 08:58

Danny Murphy hopes Fulham will be inspired by the support of the nation when they meet Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final.

The Cottagers' fairytale march to tonight's showpiece at the Hamburg Arena has won near-universal approval in a rare show of unity from English fans. Murphy believes the commitment his side have shown in defying all odds en route to the biggest match in their history explains their popularity.

"It's a fair point to say that this is probably the first time the whole of England want an English club to win in Europe," said the captain.

"There may be a few Chelsea fans who disagree but the support we've received - phone calls and meeting people in the street - has been amazing.

"It's phenomenal really - Fulham are everybody's second favourite club at the moment.

"Maybe that's because of our spirit and our unusual position this season in that we've overcome the odds and beaten so many good teams.

"I think supporters appreciate good football and, over the course of the competition, we've certainly tried to play the right way.

"It's nice to have that encouragement because it gives you the extra incentive to take the trophy home.

"We've been surprised and overwhelmed with all the support we've had."

Source: PA

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