Roy Hodgson admitted that Fulham’s excellent performance in Hamburg last night leaves the Europa League semi-final ‘very open’ after the first leg.
The Fulham boss called on the Craven Cottage faithful to help his side earn a second trip to Hamburg next week.
We’ve been given enormous help from the fans in our home games and I’m sure they’ll be turning up in great numbers to cheer us on. The tie still is very open, 0-0 is not such a bad result for Hamburg because if they do score away from home then we’ll have to score two.
But having said that, a draw is a lot better than a defeat, any draw is better than a defeat.
Hodgson says Bobby Zamora’s Achilles injury will probably keep him out of Sunday’s game at Everton.
He has got an Achilles problem. We’ve been trying to manage him as best we can and that’s why he hasn’t played in some of the league matches.
We were a bit concerned about it, he was complaining about it before the game and we tried at half-time to see if it would go over or if he could play through it but he obviously couldn’t. Fortunately we’ve got Clint Dempsey back to full fitness and he carried on where Bob had left off.
Well to be honest it’s so close to the end of the game that I haven’t had a chance to speak to the medical staff. It’s going to be a problem for the weekend I would think that’s for certain because of the travel.
We don’t get back until tomorrow afternoon and we’ve got to travel again on the Saturday so I would be surprised [if he was fit]. I still haven’t ruled him out, we’d have to see what the medical staff would say but if you asked me to have a bet on him playing or not playing then I would bet on him not playing.