Simon Davies is still confident that Fulham can get a result in Sofia tonight despite Roy Hodgson making nine changes from last weekend’s win over Everton.
Several players – including Danny Murphy, Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson – were returning to the first team after injury on Sunday and Hodgson doesn’t want to risk aggrivating those injuries with a league game at Wolves to play on Sunday. Davies, who himself missed the first few games of the season recovering from surgery on a stress fracture in his foot, and right back John Pantsil are the only first team regulars who made the trip from London.
The Wales international thinks Fulham will still have enough to quality to triumph this evening.
It’s going to be a big test, whoever came out for us. Away European fixtures are always tough. I’ve known that through international games.
The lads here are going to get valuable experience from it but I’m sure the manager wouldn’t have brought us if he didn’t think we were capable of winning the game. We’ll be well prepared and as always we’ll be well organised so I’m sure we’ll be capable of coming away with something.
I’ll try to pass on my experience but it’s difficult, the lads we’ve got in the squad are good players, they wouldn’t be here otherwise. You pick up things as you go along but it’s going to be a different sort of game to English league football.
It’s a bit slower in Europe, the final third is where it all happens and you have to be on your game at both ends.