Hodgson pushing squad to limit

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Roy Hodgson wants his Fulham players to forget fatigue and continue to give their all this season.

Cottagers boss revels in high-class fixtures

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson wants his players to forget fatigue and give their all for the rest of the season despite an intense fixture list. The Cottagers take on Premier League leaders Manchester United tomorrow in their 47th fixture of the season. Despite good runs in the Europa League and FA Cup boosting the West London club's fortunes, the packed schedule of fixtures means Hodgson is having to push his minimal squad to the limit. "We are stretched in terms of personnel," said the ex-Inter Milan coach. "This is a testing time for the durability of the side and it's important that we give our best for the matches that remain despite the tiredness.

Deliver

"We have to give our best for the large number of matches that do remain because that's what our season requires of us and I'm sure the players will deliver what's required of them when I ask them to step up to the plate again." Sunday's clash could prove to be a tougher test for the league leaders than some pundits predict following Fulham's shock 3-0 win over the Red Devils in December. Hodgson's men were also enjoying a nine-match unbeaten run before the 3-1 midweek defeat against Juventus in their first leg of the Europa League round of 16. However, the Fulham chief is not complaining about the top-flight fixture list and the experience it is offering to his players. "It's great to be in Turin and then to play Manchester United at Old Trafford and then go back to playing Juventus at home," the 62-year-old said. "I think this is a great reward for the players for all the hard work they've put in this season and they certainly won't let themselves down on Sunday."

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