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Fulham FC defender Hughes confident of Wolfsburg win

last updated Wednesday 31st March 2010, 1:43 PM
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes
Fulham defender
Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes believes that his side can get the better of Wolfsburg over two legs and progress into the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The two sides will lock horns in the first meeting of the double-header at Craven Cottage on Thursday night.

Roy Hodgson's charges sensationally overturned a 3-1 defeat by Juventus in Turin to triumph 4-1 at home and book a place in the quarter-finals of Europe's second tier competition. But the going has been tough since the victory over the Serie A heavyweights, as the Cottagers have crashed to three consecutive domestic defeats after the shock victory.

"Obviously we were disappointed to have lost the game against Hull," Hughes told the club's official website.

"But what is done is done; we have to move on, as we have done this season. You have to move on quickly whether you win or lose, because there is always another game around the corner.

Despite being on the wrong end of results recently, the former Newcastle United defender believes that his side can become one of the last four teams in the competition at the conclusion of the second leg in Germany.

"We know a fair bit about the opposition, and started our preparation this week," said Hughes.

"We've been having a look at them, and a few things that we could possibly do. By Thursday we'll know pretty much all there is to know about them, and we'll address that accordingly.

"You get to this stage and you do start to think that anything can happen. Obviously it gets tougher the further you go, but we haven't got this far through luck - we're here on merit. We deserve our place in the quarter-final and we've made a lot of progress in this competition. It will be tough, but there is no reason why we can't go further."

Source Adithya Ananth at Goal
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