Europa League - Managers: Hodgson hails Fulham

PA Sport - Thu, 18 Mar 22:38:00 2010

Fulham boss Ray Hodgson hailed Fulham's 'incredible achievement' after thrashing Juventus 4-1 in the Europa League.

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Fulham 4-1 Juventus

Roy Hodgson: "I'm on top of the world. I don't know if it is the biggest night in the club's history, but it must come close because we had a terrible start conceding a goal after only two minutes.

"But the crowd got behind the team and by halftime I thought it was possible to turn it around and that's what happened.

"We were without senior players like (captain) Danny Murphy and Andy Johnson but we still won it. That's an incredible achievement for this club against the likes of Juve."

Alberto Zaccheroni: "We are disappointed with the result. I don't think we would have been eliminated if it was 11 v 11, but good luck to Fulham. In the end they deserved it."

Liverpool 3-0 Lille

Rafael Benitez: "It was a difficult game because they are a good team, but the atmosphere was fantastic and everybody is happy now.

"We knew they had to push from the beginning and if we did not score an early goal they could carry on with some hope, so this goal gave us some time and some confidence too.

"You could see they were working very hard today so it was really good. They were dangerous and have some good players with ability and pace. We needed to score the third goal just in case and it was a bit of a relief."

Rudi Garcia: "I think it was a bit harsh and not a fair reflection but we've nothing to be ashamed about with this defeat.

"One thing that slightly disappointed me about the performance was in attack where we didn't really have a cutting edge and we didn't pose enough of a threat.

"We were in with a shout right up until Liverpool scored their third goal, which I think came from a foul.

"We bossed the tie in the first leg but tonight Liverpool were better than us."

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