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Fulham FC players enjoy the moment

last updated Thursday 29th April 2010, 10:57 PM
Zoltan Gera hailed his winner in Thursday night's Europa League semi-final against Hamburg as the "most important goal" of his career.

The Hungarian struck after 76 minutes at Craven Cottage to cap a fine comeback by the hosts and book Fulham's place in the final.

Trailing to Mladen Petric's spectacular first half free-kick, Fulham's European adventure spanning 18 games appeared to have reached the end.

But they staged a spirited fightback with Simon Davies producing a wonderfully-taken equaliser in the 70th minute before Gera struck the winner shortly after.

"It's the most important goal I have ever scored so I'm very, very happy. It's amazing," Gera told ITV4. "We did so well, every single player."

Fellow goalscorer Davies was equally thrilled by the performance and credited Fulham boss Roy Hodgson as the motivation behind the second-half fightback.

"The manager said at half-time keep playing your football and you'll get your rewards, and we did tonight so we're buzzing," said the Welshman.

"We've played some great teams [in this competition] and come from behind. Everyone was amazing tonight."

Danny Murphy, whose pass set up Davies for the leveller, added: "It just keeps getting better.

"When we went a goal behind it would have been easy to think this was the end of the journey, but I thought the spirit we showed in the second half was tremendous."

Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer also paid tribute to both his team-mates and manager after one of the most famous nights in the west London club's history.

"This team has got an unbelievable amount of spirit and character to come back from a goal down," said the Australian.

"They really did rock us and it took us a while to get going again.

"He [Hodgson] has been fantastic since day one when I arrived at the club, and every player can vouch for that."

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