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Roy Hodgson confirmed that Erik Nevland is happy to stay with Fulham despite having spent most of the season on the bench.

Hodgson feared that, with interest from Viking – one of the Norweigan’s former clubs, that Nevland might have wanted to move on and get regular first team football. But Nevland, 31, assured his manager that he was happy to stay at Craven Cottage.

I was fair enough with Erik. I said ‘look, I can’t make you promises. I want you to stay but I can’t promise you if you stay that it’ll be different to this year’. ‘No, I still want to be with you’ [Nevland told Hodgson]. So that’s it and we’re really happy with it.

At least maybe towards the end of the season he’s going to get a few games behind him and that will be a good and fair reward for everything he’s put up with.

For me, that’s brilliant news. I really rate Erik Nevland. He’s an intelligent footballer, makes bright runs and can make difficult chances look easy with his cool finishing. I can totally understand why Roy prefers to use him as a substitute to come from the bench because he seems much more effective in short, sharp bursts but it would be nice for Erik to add to his collection of crucial goals from the start at Stamford Bridge tomorrow afternoon.