Hodgson hails 'wonderful' win

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Roy Hodgson had nothing but praise for his players after Fulham booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Cottagers boss proud of players following rousing display

Roy Hodgson had nothing but praise for his players following a 1-1 draw in Donetsk that secured Fulham's progression to the last 16 of the Europa League. It took a monumental effort in the Ukraine for Fulham to repeatedly repel wave after wave of attacks from a stylish and talented Shakhtar Donetsk side. Brede Hangeland headed in against the run of play in the first half and Fulham, 2-1 up from the first leg, made it through despite Jadson's strike for Shakhtar levelling the game on the night. Shakhtar, the 2009 Uefa Cup winners, were sent spinning out as Fulham's European adventure took them further than they have been in their history in the revamped competition. Hodgson said: "It has been a wonderful night for the club. "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. "I don't like to compare nights, but it's yet another marvellous night along the way and great credit to the team. "I really enjoyed the night and the performance but I still hope there'll be some more good nights to come. "I'll wait until I retire to discuss which were the great moments and which were the lesser moments." The only blot on what was an otherwise memorable night was Danny Murphy's late and unnecessary sending off in the game's dying stages. "The only thing that marred the evening was the sending-off of Danny Murphy, who had a very good game and will now miss the next game," added Hodgson, who also apologised for his touchline rant after a foul by Douglas on Duff. "I thought it was a bad foul on Damien Duff and I was angry he fouled him in that way, but if ever you let your emotions get the better of you it's not good and inexcusable and I made my excuses to the referee. "Sometimes things happen to make the red mist fall, but I'm thankful no further damage has been done." Hodgson also saw Bobby Zamora limp off with an Achilles injury and rated the striker doubtful for Sunday's trip to Sunderland.

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