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Mark Schwarzer says Fulham performed admirably in Hamburg last night and doesn’t believe the side were adversely affected by the 27-hour coach trip to Germany.

The Australian goalkeeper played his part as Fulham held the home side to give themselves a real chance of reaching the Europa League final.

The trip was well documented, and we were a bit tired in the legs, but in the end it’s a good performance. We’ve done fantastically well to limit them to so few chances and it’s a really admirable performance that gives us hope for the return leg.

We had three hours by the side of the motorway halfway through. It was tough, but you can do it if you get your mind right.

In the last 15-20 minutes you get your head around the fact you are tired and you can still hold your shape. There were a few chances for us and we could have come away with a goal.