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Schwarzer warns of Roma cauldron

last updated Wednesday 04th November 2009, 12:28 PM
Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer
Fulham keeper
Mark Schwarzer
Mark Schwarzer
Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has warned his Fulham teammates to expect a tough encounter when they step into the cauldron of Roma's Stadio Olimpico this week.

Fulham, whom Schwarzer joined from Middlesbrough in 2008, meet Roma in a Europa League clash on Thursday.

The Cottagers drew 1-1 when they hosted the Italian club in the first leg last month and are unbeaten after three Europa League matches, sitting a point behind Group E leaders Basel.

"We've had a reasonably good start in the group stages and we were very disappointed not to win against Roma but we're confident we can go to Rome and get a result, which we need to do," Schwarzersaid.

"It's going to be a tough game, they're a very good side and it's quite a daunting place as I've played there before with Middlesbrough so I know what it's like. Hopefully we can get a good result."

Schwarzer said the key to Fulham's memorable 3-1 win over Liverpool last Saturday was simple.

"There's no secret to it - it's all about hard work," Schwarzer said.

"The manager is adamant about the way he wants us to play and we are drilled day-in, day-out, in training."

Since Roy Hodgson took over as manager in January 2008, Fulham have taken several high profile scalps at Craven Cottage, including Arsenal, Manchester United and now Liverpool.

"Obviously expectations were raised after last season," Schwarzer said.

"The supporters have the right to demand better performances ... the goal is to get 40 points as soon as possible and then we can start to look further up the table."

Source Valkerie Baynes at The Age
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