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Huge relief for Hodgson

Roy Hodgson was a relieved man after Fulham came through a tricky FA Cup tie at Accrington Stanley thanks to goals from Erik Nevland, Damien Duff and Zoltan Gera.

The win was comfortable enough in the end but Stanley caused plenty of problems in the opening 45 minutes and were unlucky not to be ahead at half-time. The League Two outfit attacked from the first whistle and, having fallen behind to Nevland's strike against the run of play, they took only four minutes to equalise through top-scorer Michael Symes' 14th goal of the season.

Stanley defender Darran Kempson was sent off shortly before half-time and that changed the game, with Hodgson conceding that, up to that point, only the commanding performances of centre-backs Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes had kept Fulham in the match.

"You get spoiled in the Premier League," Hodgson said. "You can talk about these pitches and you can talk about these conditions, but until you actually get out there and experience them, it's only words."

Irish Independent