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Roy Hodgson 'proud' of Fulham's Euro triumph

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson has transformed Fulham's fortunes since joining the club

Roy Hodgson hailed his Fulham side's display after they knocked Uefa Cup holders Shakhtar Donetsk out of Europe.

Brede Hangeland's goal helped the Cottagers seal a place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 1-1 draw in Ukraine and a 3-2 win on aggregate.

"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 are one of the best teams in Europe."

Shakhtar dominated the match before Hangeland's first-half header and Hodgson was full of praise for Fulham's opponents.

"Shakhtar showed what a good team they are. Their ability to pass and keep the ball is as good as I've seen in my 35-year career," said the 62-year-old.

The Fulham boss also described it as an "expensive night" after England hopeful Bobby Zamora went off with an Achilles injury and Danny Murphy was sent off.

"Hopefully it doesn't start to catch up with us further down the road, for now we'll just enjoy the splendour of the occasion," said Hodgson.


The injury will not help Zamora's chances of earning a call-up from England manager Fabio Capello.

The 29-year-old former West Ham, Tottenham and Brighton striker has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season.

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see also
Shakhtar D 1-1 Fulham (agg 2-3)
25 Feb 10 |  Europe
Fulham 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk
18 Feb 10 |  Europe
Thursday's action as it happened
25 Feb 10 |  Football

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