Europa League - Fulham to go on attack

PA Sport - Thu, 25 Feb 17:26:00 2010

Roy Hodgson has no intention of playing for a draw when his Fulham side take on Shakhtar Donetsk for a place in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Fulham head to Shakhtar's impressive Donbass Arena holding a 2-1 advantage following the first leg at Craven Cottage last week.

But the wily Hodgson said: "Playing for a draw is a difficult thing to do, you automatically give the initiative to the other team. I don't think it's in our nature or in our style of play to do that, surrender the initiative and try to shut up shop for 90 minutes.

"I think we want to play them, match them at least in their play and that means attacking well and defending well.

"Certainly there is going to be nothing in our preparations that will take into account that we only need a draw.

"We are preparing to play well against a team that we know will come at us and try to cause us problems. First of all we will try to stop that and then when we get the ball we can cause them some problems."

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland admits Fulham are in bonus land as they stand on the brink of the last 16 of the Europa League - but insists they can go all the way in the competition.

"We came into this competition as a bonus for doing well last year but we'd like to go as far as we can," he said.

"It would be great to get through, but we are fully focused on this game and not what might happen after."

PA Sport

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