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Fulham 1 Basel 0

A solitary goal from Danny Murphy, was enough for Fulham to put an end to a losing streak whilst also putting the club in a healthy position in Group E of the Europa League.

The eleven selected by Roy Hodgson was, as we`d hinted, definitely a lot stronger than the one selected for the trip to Sofia. Although Hangeland, Davies, Duff and Etuhu were all out injured, Ropy opted to play his other big-guns in the form of Murphy, Andrew Johnson, Zamora and Dempsey. If there was one area of the side that did look a little strange it was the heart of our defence where Baird and Smalling filled in for Hughes and Hangeland. With Duff and Etuhu out it was left to Greening and Gera to assist Murphy in the middle of the park.

Basel, after defeating Roma 2-0 in their previous game; brought a healthy and vociferous following, to a Craven Cottage that was some 9,000 short of capacity.

In an exciting game, Fulham will probably be grateful for the chances spurned by the visitors in the first half, as Basel showed that they were not prepared to simply defend and hope for a share of the spoils. Going in all-square at half time, it was Fulham who emerged looking the more confident of the two sides and the breakthrough came when Danny Murphy, performing admirably in midfield, drilled a low shot home from the edge of the area.

It should have been the catalyst for Fulham to pull clear of their visitors but, despite having those silly officials stood adjacent to the goal, two clear penalty appeals were waved aside and it was left for Schwarzer to come to our rescue, towards the end with a save from the Basel substitute, Chipperfield, whilst also calmly collecting a dangerous looking cross into the box.

Schwarzer finished the game with a smile on his face as did we all, after a little hesitancy relating to our participation in this competition it`s suddenly growing on me!

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 2 2009

Time: 12:45PM

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I doubt Roma will miss their chances, so we need to play better. Good win, though. I'll take the same result against West Ham.
we still have quite a few games to go before the end of the group stage, but i think we're in a win win situation... if we don't qualify, we can focus on the premier league, take pride in our accomplishments, and move on... if we do qualify, we can celebrate even more and hope to go as far as we can...
dan the man back to his best and the to center halfs did well a slip up by kelly but ok and aj full of running a winn against westham would be nice but would take a draw
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