Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is urging caution ahead of the Londoners’ trip to Russia to face Amkar Perm in the second leg of their Europa League play-off this week.
Roy Hodgson’s men won the first leg 3-1 at Craven Cottage last week, with the away goal the Russian outfit grabbed taking a little of the shine off what would have been a commanding lead to take east.
Added to that goal is the fact that Amkar play on an artificial pitch, something the ‘keeper acknowledges is something the Premier League outfit are unused to encountering.
“It was disappointing conceding that goal, they are a dangerous side and I think they’d say that they deserved to score a goal with the way the game was going,” he said.
“From our point of view, we were very disappointed to let a goal in at that stage of the game. Even at three-nil I thought the tie wasn’t over yet, with us having to go over there and play on an artificial pitch.
“As far as I’m aware it has more of an even bounce than a natural pitch.
“The only thing is most of us don’t play on it so it will definitely be my first time playing a competitive match on an artificial surface – and I’m sure it will be the same for a lot of players.”