Mark Schwarzer hailed Fulham’s confidence as the Whites edged closer to the knockout phase of the Europa League with a thumping win over Wisla Krakow last night.
Martin Jol’s side went in front after just five minutes through Damien Duff and their confidence wasn’t shaken by Wisla’s almost immediate riposte, which came courtesy of a deflected Andraz Kirm goal. The hosts’ extended their unbeaten home run in continental competition to 22 games after two fine strikes from in-form Andy Johnson and a bundled effort from substitute Steve Sidwell.
The experienced Australian goalkeeper felt Fulham were a cut above their Polish opponents, who inflicted a controversial defeat on Schwarzer’s side in the previous meeting between the two sides in Krakow:
Revenge wasn’t the motivation. We set about our game with a confidence and self belief to get three points. We were a different class to them and we deserved to win.
Schwarzer’s attention now switches to Sunday’s London derby against Tottenham and the 39 year-old goalkeeper is certainly looking forward to the test:
Everyone loves playing the big games and Tottenham is a big game for us and it will be a tough game as well.