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A dignified Roy Hodgson praised his Fulham players after their fine win at Newcastle but admitted that his side rode their luck on the way to victory.

The Fulham manager was impressed with his team’s character in silencing the St. James’ Park crowd and was delighted with Diomansy Kamara’s goal that inched the Cottagers closer to a Europa League place.

We came here to some extent as sacrificial lambs today.

It was a great win here today. I feel sorry for Newcastle – they deserved better, we rode our luck on several occasions.

We are thankful for a very good performance from our back four and goalkeeper.