Hodgson praise for weary Fulham

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Roy Hodgson has hailed the resilience of his players after Fulham recorded a 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

Hodgson pleased with performance from hard-working squad

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has hailed the resilience of his players after they recorded a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Sunderland. The Stadium of Light encounter was Fulham's eighth game in a month and Hodgson's weary warriors, who returned from beating Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk less than 72 hours before kick-off, held Steve Bruce's men to a stalemate. "It's obviously a very good point given the circumstances, it was never going to be easy for us having come back so early on Friday morning from the Ukraine," said Hodgson. "It's the eighth match in a short month and I looked at how dangerous this game could be given how good Sunderland are at home. "I thought we defended solidly throughout the game and limited them to longer range shots and I am delighted that we are going to finish the month unbeaten. "After the week we have had, to come to Sunderland and get a good 0-0 has crowned a fantastic month for the club."

Congestion

Hodgson admitted that additional European fixtures are a relatively new concept to him as Fulham boss, but he is relishing the new challenge. Fulham have played more matches than any other Premier League side so far this season, but the former Blackburn boss insists his small squad can cope. He added: "I'm sure Alex (Ferguson), Arsene (Wenger) and Rafa (Benitez) are laughing because they have been doing it year after year, but for Fulham it is something new. It is a very different situation. "We have played 12 matches so far this year with a limited squad, which has been limited further by injuries and it has been a burden for those lads to carry. "The players playing today have basically been the same bunch that have played all eight games through February. "January has been a bad month, but February has been a good month and this win goes some way to ensuring we have a 10th consecutive season (in the Premier League). "This has been a great month in the history of the football club."

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