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Fulham defender Konchesky peeved by PFA snub

last updated Wednesday 28th April 2010, 1:53 PM
 Fulham defender Paul Konchesky
Fulham defender
Paul Konchesky
Paul Konchesky
Fulham defender Paul Konchesky feels Fulham, players and management, deserve more respect for their achievements this season.

The Cottagers have enjoyed another productive campaign, with their exploits in cup competitions catching the eye.

They reached the last eight of the FA Cup, before succumbing to Tottenham, and have defied the odds to make the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Such success has seen Roy Hodgson's side earn many plaudits, but they continue to be overlooked when it comes to top awards.

No Fulham player made it into the 2009/10 PFA Team of the Year, despite Bobby Zamora enjoying his best season to date and numerous other players catching the eye, and Konchesky believes the men from Craven Cottage are victims of a Premier League mindset which favours the elite and snubs the unfashionable.

"There's not even been a mention of anyone getting near the PFA team; like Bobby or our goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who has been as good as or better than Joe Hart at Birmingham," the Cottagers full-back told The Sun.

"It goes unrecognised. For certain players, ie Bobby, he has to be up there with the top five goalscorers this season.

"But even players tend to go for the big names when they vote. Maybe they don't want to pick Bobby because he has bullied a few centre-halves this season.

"But it's probably because we haven't got an out-and-out big name here. People do talk about Fulham and say 'haven't they done well?' But that's about it. I think we deserve more. We're not 'little old Fulham' anymore.

"The Europa League stands out, but also the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

"Even in the league with as many games as we have played, we've done far better than anyone could have expected.

"We've never been in trouble with relegation even though we've had all these games. People think we're not a big club, so it goes unrecognised. We play a lot of football even when things are not going right. That's what the manager has brought to the club and he doesn't want to change it.

"We haven't had loads to spend, yet he has built a good squad here.

"We have a squad capable of going places. People want to come here and play because there's someone like the manager to learn from. But it's gone unnoticed.

"Roy (Hodgson) should be in with a shout at Manager of the Year even if we don't get to the final. It's a great achievement what he has done."

Source Chris Burton at SkySports
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