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Roy Hodgson praises Fulham despite defeat

last updated Sunday 14th March 2010, 11:26 PM
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Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has heaped praise on his side, who he says were simply no match for Manchester United.

Fulham crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in what was a largely one-sided game.

The Cottagers did well to keep United at bay for the first half, but an early goal in the second half saw the home side go from strength to strength.

Hodgson says that, overall, he was pleased with how his players performed.

"I thought the first half, from our point of view, was really quite good," he told Sky Sports. "I thought we passed the ball well.

"But all of our good work was let down within a minute of the second half when we conceded a goal.

"From that moment the game was always going to be difficult."

Fulham were forced into a change on the hour mark when Brede Hangeland was taken off with sore ribs from a challenge earlier in the game.

"It was touch and go in the first half when Hangeland suffered a knock," said Hodgson.

"That forced us into a change and made what was always going to be a difficult task of getting a result even more difficult."

He added: "I am a bit disappointed that we conceded three goals when the boys had played so well in the first half.

"One has to hold their hands up though. We were beaten by a better team.

"I can't really ask any more from the team than they gave today."

Source Carla Hilton at SkySport
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