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‘We got everything right,’ says Hodgson

Roy Hodgson says Fulham were flawless as they dismantled Burnley at Craven Cottage to climb to ninth in the league last night.

The Fulham manager said the key to the result was Fulham’s hard work and constant pressing.

I thought the victory lay in the hard work and the quality of our defending. We gave them very little time and space to play and we used the ball wisely.

We got everything right tonight – the defending and attacking – and on a night like that, we would have been a tough nut to crack for any team.

It was really good to see David [Elm] score. He’s been a bit of a revelation. At the time he came in we had a lot of strikers, but he has moved up the pecking order and deserves to be where he is.

We will attack the FA Cup. But I’m not going to change by mind about the Europa League. My priority is still the league and the FA Cup.

Elm after new Fulham deal

David Elm hopes to do enough to persuade Roy Hodgson to offer him a new contract at Fulham this summer.

The Swedish striker was given a one-year deal after his surprise arrival from Kalmar at the end of the summer transfer window. Elm’s first-team chances have been limited – and he could be pushed further down the pecking order by the arrival of Stefano Okaka – but he looked impressive as a substitute at Accrington in the FA Cup and in Fulham’s recent league defeats by Tottenham and Aston Villa. Indeed, he was only denied his first goal for the club by a tight offside call on Saturday.

Yes, obviously it’s harder if you don’t play, but I keep working hard and when I get my chance, I’ll try to take it. My only target is just to be patient.

I don’t think I expected to play more before now because it’s taken me these couple of months to settle down.T here’s a big difference between Swedish football and English football and I had to take a few months just to adjust to the tempo and pace and now I’m starting to get hold of it, I think.

Hopefully now I will play a little bit more, but there’s many good players, so it’s tough. I knew that when I signed.

It was maybe a possibility to go out on loan, but I don’t think it’s been discussed. It’s good for me to be here training with those guys. They are good players and I feel that I’m developing all the time and I can still learn more.

They have all played a lot more years at this level than I have, so I try to talk to them and learn from them. I think Zamora’s a very good player. We are kind of similar in certain ways.

Elm strikes me as someone who could be a very useful option for us and a refreshingly candid footballer who’s trying to make it in a foreign land. Let’s hope he does. He may yet get more chances given the number of injuries afflicting our strikers at the moment.

Elm waits for his chance

David Elm hopes that a new year will bring more first-team opportunities at Fulham.

The Swedish striker, a surprise signing at the end of the summer transfer window, has made just a single substitute appearance in the Carling Cup defeat by Manchester City. Fulham have refuted rumours that he could be on his way out of the club in January just months after joining from Kalmar and Elm, tipped to feature in today’s FA Cup tie against Swindon, told his former club’s website that, whilst he hopes for more football in 2010, he has learned a lot at Fulham.

Of course, I believe that I am going to play. I have to believe in playing and Fulham know that it takes some time in adjusting.

I don’t need to be in the process of creating the attacks in the same way (as at Kalmar), but just concentrate on being in the box.

There is a lot of focus on being better at finishing, finding ways to run and create chances. I feel that I am constantly evolving and finding new things to do on the pitch. I am also growing on a social level just by living here and meeting new people which is educational in that way.

No exit for Elm

David Elm’s agent has moved to quash reports that he is one of a number of Fulham players up for sale in January.

The Swedish striker was signed from Kalmar in the summer and has made just a single first-team appearance – against Manchester City in the League Cup.

As far as we know reports that David could be sold are not accurate. Roy Hodgson actually told him that Fulham had received offers for loan and to sell David and that they had turned them down.

Roy sees him as back-up to the strikers at Fulham. I believe David will stay and we have had no indication from David or Fulham that he could be sold.

Fulham fire sale

The Daily Mail reckons Roy’s made Eddie Johnson, Seol, Freddie Stoor, Toni Kallio and David Elm available for transfer in January.

Is this is to fund new acquisitions or just to trim the squad down to size?