Roy Hodgson was ‘delighted’ with Fulham’s determined defensive display that derailed Liverpool’s Champions’ League bid in this afternoon’s goalless draw at Anfield.
I’m certainly delighted with a point and I’m pleased with the performance because although it fell short of what we’re capable of actually doing. Given that we’ve had the home matches against Wolfsburg and Wigan and away matches at Wolfsburg and now Liverpool in the space of eight or nine days, it’s going to take its toll especially when you lose a couple of players of the quality of Gera and Davies.
I was very pleased with the way we stood up and were counted. We were under a lot of pressure for long periods of the game but we managed to keep the shots coming from long distances and preventing the clear cut goal chances.
The team now has developed a good understanding tactically of what they need to do to be a good team defensively. You’re certainly tested to the limit when you play against a team like Liverpool.
They’ve got so much skill they can ask questions of you. We’ve got to be proud of getting a 0-0 here today. There aren’t many teams that come to Anfield and get a result so we’ve got to be very happy with it.
Hodgson claimed he wasn’t too worried about Liverpool breaking the deadlock.
Apart from the chance Daniel Agger had at the end I wasn’t that concerned that often that they were going to score.
The Fulham boss confirmed he took off leading scorer Bobby Zamora as a precaution.
Bobby signalled his calf was tightening up so we took his straight off but come Wednesday or Thursday I’m sure he’ll be fit again. It was a precautionary measure rather than an injury.