Fulham glory comes at price

ROY HODGSON was today contemplating an expensive – if historic – night for Fulham after their Europa League exploits against Shakhtar Donetsk.

Brede Hangeland's first-half header, following a period of intense pressure from the hosts and 2009 UEFA Cup winners, sent Fulham through to the last 16 of the revamped competition for the first time in their history.

Jadson pulled a goal back but Fulham, 2-1 first-leg winners at Craven Cottage, held out for a 3-2 aggregate victory.

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But the match also saw an Achilles injury to striker Bobby Zamora and the late sending-off of skipper Danny Murphy, whose kick at Darijo Srna will see him miss the next match against Juventus.

"The only thing that marred the evening was the sending-off of Danny Murphy," said Hodgson.

Hodgson rates Zamora as doubtful for Sunday's trip to Sunderland.