Hodgson: We won't play for a draw

BY foxsports • February 24, 2010

Fulham head to Shakhtar's impressive Donbass Arena holding a 2-1 advantage following the first leg at Craven Cottage last week. But the wily Hodgson said: "Playing for a draw is a difficult thing to do, you automatically give the initiative to the other team. "I don't think it's in our nature or in our style of play to do that, surrender the initiative and try to shut up shop for 90 minutes. "I think we want to play them, match them at least in their play and that means attacking well and defending well. "Certainly there is going to be nothing in our preparations that will take into account that we only need a draw. "We are preparing to play well against a team that we know will come at us and try to cause us problems. "First of all we will try to stop that and then when we get the ball we can cause them some problems." Luiz Adriano's goal has given the 2009 UEFA Cup winners room for optimism, as did an eye-catching display in west London. But a fine strike from Bobby Zamora, added to Zoltan Gera's opener, leaves Cottagers fans dreaming of a clash with Ajax or, more likely, Juventus in the next round. "An away goal is useful, of course, you make the task a little bit easier for yourself," added Hodgson. "But it's an away goal in a defeat so they've still got to win the game. "Shakhtar will be perfectly aware of that and I don't think they will under-estimate us. "Their coach, who I spoke to after the game, was impressed with our performance at Craven Cottage and I'm sure his team will be preparing, as we are, for another tough encounter." As well as the in-form Zamora, Hodgson will be looking for another big performance from defender Brede Hangeland. And the Norwegian knows he will have to be at his rock-solid best if Fulham are to make the last 16 for the first time in their history. "We are in the lead but we all saw at Craven Cottage what a good team they are," said Hangeland. "We will have to play well, defend well and take our chances when they come. "I was very impressed with them. They are quick, athletic, good on the ball. It's a different game to what we are used to in the Premier League. "We came into this competition as a bonus for doing well last year but we'd like to go as far as we can. "It would be great to get through, but we are fully focused on this game and not what might happen after."


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