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Tiredness getting to Cottagers
24 Aug 2009 - 10:39:58
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that injury problems have hindered his side's start to the new season.
The Cottagers were beaten 2-0 at home by Chelsea at the weekend and have little time to recover before a Europa League clash with Russian side Amkar Perm on Thursday.
Hodgson commented: "We knew being in Europe would cause us a degree of problems. There are a number of other players nursing knocks as well, so it will test the depth of the squad out to the ultimate degree.
"But we will try and do the best we can. We have a two-goal cushion to play on and we have to try and make certain we give a better performance than we did against Chelsea.
"I thought our energy levels were low. We kept them at bay for long periods by keeping a decent shape, but we never got close enough to disturb them as much as we would have liked to have done.
"In the end we lost and deservedly so. Looking at this game over 90 minutes I thought Chelsea deserved to win it.
"They have the technique and pace to cause problems for the opposition and they caused problems for us and we lost the game."