Murphy pays tribute to Hodgson

Danny Murphy feels Fulham have come full circle under Roy Hodgson as the Cottagers stand on the verge of the Europa League final.

Fulham are hoping striker Bobby Zamora will pass a late fitness test on his Achilles injury ahead of the semi-final second leg against Hamburg, with the tie delicately poised after a goalless draw in Germany.

The Cottagers have already beaten favourites Shakhtar Donetsk and Italian giants Juventus in a run which started with a third-qualifying round tie back in July against FK Vetra of Lithuania.

Should they go on to secure a return to the HSH Nordbank Arena next month, Hodgson would, given his relative resources, rightly be in the running for manager of the year.

The 62-year-old came in to save Fulham from what seemed certain relegation when appointed successor to Lawrie Sanchez in late December 2007, before leading the club to its highest finish of seventh and with it European football.

Murphy is one of the players who have been galvanised under Hodgson.

The 33-year-old skipper paid tribute to the former Switzerland, Blackburn and Inter Milan boss.

"Roy brought a freshness in and to get to this level shows we have come full circle," Murphy said.

"We have become victims of our success, because when we are not playing so well, you can hear the fans and then just a few years ago we were desperate for a win at the Cottage and now they are amazed if we lose a game there.

"The players deserve some credit, the squad players have made a big impression come to the fore."

Murphy believes Hodgson has used all his experience to improve the technical aspects of Fulham's game.

"The way we play seems to suit a more European style," said the former Liverpool midfielder.

"We play a patient way, in a way it has come from Roy's Italian roots, it is an Italian style.

"We don't mind keeping possession and trying to break the other teams down, but even when the team has to change the other players have come in and done well.

"There are no stars, perhaps Bobby (Zamora) has become the star this season because of the goals he has scored, but if you ask people about Fulham they will say we will play as a team."

Murphy left Anfield for Charlton in August 2004, having won both the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup during 2001.

The midfielder, who then went on to Tottenham before moving to the Cottage during the summer of 2007, is enjoying another crack at the big time.

"You appreciate things more, you just assume at Liverpool each year would be a final and as you get older you realise that's not the case," said Murphy, who could face his former club should both English teams reach the final.

"I have tried to enjoy this experience because I do not know if it is the last time I would be playing in Europe.

"I think that is the case for a lot of the players who have enjoyed it because there has not been a lot of pressure on us and as I have got older I know these things are the moments to savour."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence