Aaron Hughes says he was very surprised to score two goals in a week and hopes that Fulham can continue their unbeaten start to the season at Wolves this afternoon.
The Northern Ireland centre back scored his country’s opener against the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park a fortnight ago and then got the scoring underway when Dnipro visited the Cottage on Thursday.
It’s funny how it happens! It was nice to score for Northern Ireland the other week and it was nice to score again on Thursday night.
That could have been a very difficult game for us on Thursday night but I thought we played well. We got a couple of goals before half-time which put us in good shape and Clint’s goal in the second half killed the game off.
We just needed to make sure we didn’t concede and we did that so we’ve got a healthy lead. If a team scores away from home it can make the tie very difficult.
We were happy with the result and reasonably happy with the performance. Now we’ve got to make sure we finish the job in the Ukraine next week.
We’re taking it one game at a time and we’ll try and enjoy it like last time. We’ll prepare properly, work hard and try and go as far as we can in the competition this year.
Hughes certainly won’t be using Fulham’s European commitments as an excuse ahead of today’s tough test at Molineux.
We’ve never used that as an excuse. When you’re playing Thursday and Sunday, or whatever it may be, the training is not as intensive. You’re spending most of the days during the week recovering and going through shape and tactics.
The Medical team at Fulham do a great job of keeping us fit and staying on top of little niggles and making sure we’re right for the games. They make sure we don’t do too much or too little.
They’re spot on in what they do so that helps us an awful lot. We’ve got prior experience of European football so we’re used to it. I’m sure we’ll have no problems again this year.
And Hughes, who may be asked to play at right-back again this afternoon, won’t be taking Wolves lightly either.
They’re [Wolves] always a difficult team to play against and they can always cause you problems. We’ve never had an easy game against Wolves and I’m sure it will be more of the same on Sunday.