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Hodgson keeps feet on ground

The Premier League remains Roy Hodgson's priority this season but the Fulham manager believes his side have a decent opportunity in the FA Cup.

The Cottagers defeated Notts County 4-0 yesterday, with Simon Davies, Bobby Zamora, Damien Duff and Stefano Okaka netting at Craven Cottage to set up a quarter-final tie against Bolton or Tottenham.

Hodgson's men will be helped by Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool already being knocked out, and a potential clash between Manchester City and Chelsea would eliminate another remaining heavyweight.

"For the teams left, they won't regret three of the traditional top four in the country not being there," Hodgson said.


"We think we have as good a chance as the others. It's nice to have the lottery ticket because you cannot win the lottery without one."

Hodgson, despite his team sitting 10th in the Premier League, still feels survival is his chief aim and reaching Europe like they have this year would be a bonus.

However, his team are now two matches from the final and could continue their remarkable turnaround in the two years since Hodgson's arrival.

"It would mean a lot to us," Hodgson said.

"It would be another major step forward with the progression at the club.

"We'll be highly motivated and nervous about the quarter-final because we badly want a good result.

"There have been fewer winners of the FA Cup since the inauguration of the Premier League.

"Success for us is probably a continued presence in the Premier League, but if we could go one step further that would be fantastic."