Hodgson braced for key month

The late kick-off is the first of five fixtures in 16 days, a run

that includes a trip to Manchester United and their Europa League

last-16 tie against Juventus over two legs. By March 18 Fulham

could have secured an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and a place in

the last eight of Europe. Hodgson has urged his players to go out

and write their name in the club’s history books. “This is a big

month and it’s amazing that the games come back to back,” said

Hodgson. “First we have Tottenham, who are fourth in the Premier

League, and having a great season in the quarter-final. Then a

last-16 game in Turin. “It’s not often you don’t pay much attention

to a fixture against United, who we face the following Sunday, but

that’s the way it has to be at the moment. “Our position just makes

me realise more and more what a fantastic job the players have done

for this club. “The players aren’t satisfied at having got this

far. They want to take a step further. The question is if we’re

good enough. “It would be a tremendous achievement if we could do

something this month and get something from either of the fixtures

against Tottenham or Juventus. “It would give us reason to be proud

and would make the club’s history books.” Fulham skipper Danny

Murphy will undergo a fitness test on his groin strain while Paul

Konchesky could start at left-back after recovering from his ankle

injury.