Schwarzer: Still a big game

The Australia international was barely tested in the first

qualifying round first leg at Craven Cottage and the Whites head to

the Faroe Islands for Thursday’s tie boasting a 3-0 advantage.

Fulham manager Martin Jol and skipper Danny Murphy both admitted

after the game their passage to the second round was all but

secure, but Schwarzer insists they will give NSI the utmost

respect. “It’s a European game. Whether it’s the first round, the

fourth, or the fifth, it’s still a big game,” he told the club’s

official website. “Obviously the opposition is one that people will

look at and think ‘it’s a nothing game’, but for us it’s important

to win the game. “All you have to do is think about what would

happen if you lose the game, that’s enough motivation for anyone.

“It’s still very early in the competition and this time we’re in

round one, so we’ve got to do it like we did last time and take

every round as it comes. “As long as we can maintain our good

performances in the Premier League, as well as in Europe, everyone

will be happy. “I think the teams that start off early do really

well at the start of the season – let’s just wait and see. “Let’s

hope we get the balance right between work and rest. Hopefully we

can have a very good season again.” Murphy, Damien Duff and Andy

Johnson netted in the first leg last week, providing the ideal

start to Martin Jol’s reign. The Dutchman replaced Mark Hughes as

the west London club’s manager last month and Schwarzer says he has

been impressed by what he has seen in a short space of time. “He’s

been good, he’s obviously got a lot of experience in the game and

he’s held some very big coaching positions over the last couple of

years,” he added. “He’s a big personality, he’s slotted in very

easily and the players have responded really well. He has the

utmost respect from all the players.”