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Hangeland: 'Shakhtar coup a bonus for Cottagers'

Brede Hangeland admits that Fulham are in bonus land as they stand on the brink of the last 16 of the Europa League.

However, he now insists that the Cottagers can go all the way in the second-tier European competition.

Roy Hodgson's side take a 2-1 lead to Shakhtar Donetsk's Donbass Arena after last week's first-leg win, and know avoiding defeat with the defending champions will set up a mouthwatering clash with Ajax or Juventus in the next round.

Defender Hangeland said: "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 this round, but we are fully focused on this game and not what might happen after."

The Cottagers go into the game ahead courtesy of goals from Zoltan Gera and Bobby Zamora but Luiz Adriano's away goal gives Shakhtar, the last winners of the Uefa Cup, something to cling on to.

"We are in the lead but we all saw at Craven Cottage what a good team they are," Hangeland added.

"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 each week."

Hodgson, predictably, has no intention of trying to hold out for a draw in eastern Ukraine.

He 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."

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