Hodgson staying positive

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Roy Hodgson is staying positive on Fulham's season despite their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Cottagers boss refusing to criticise troops

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is staying positive about the club's season despite their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. The Cottagers are currently 10th in the Premier League despite juggling European football this term alongside the rigours of their domestic programme. Hodgson's squad has been hit by injuries more than most and the experienced tactician believes they have done very well to be in the position they are in. Fulham tackle Tottenham in an FA Cup replay next week and Hodgson is looking forward to their schedule easing after the White Hart Lane clash.

Injuries

"We have coped with this season better than anyone could have expected us to do, especially given the amount of players we have lost to injury," said Hodgson. "We have done remarkably well to keep going as we have done. "It is going to be very important for us to get through this period but once we get past Tottenham, things will start to settle down to a somewhat more normal programme."
Confidence
Although the fixtures are coming thick and fast Hodgson is wary that going out of the FA Cup or Europa League could affect confidence throughout his squad. "My concern is that, having done so well, it will impact upon us if we go out of any of the competitions," he continued. "It is very important that doesn't happen and we don't allow our season, which has been quite fantastic, just to slip away."

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