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Fulham transformation down to Hodgson

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Simon Davies admits Fulham were a "mess" when Roy Hodgson took over and hailed their "modest" manager for transforming the team into European contenders.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims Hodgson is a certainty to be named manager of the year following the Cottagers' "miraculous" march to the Europa League final, sealed with a battling 2-1 victory over Hamburg on Thursday night.

"It is hard to describe what an achievement it is to get a club like ours through to the Europa League final. The manager has done wonders with the club," the 30-year-old Wales international said.

"I have been here since he first came in, and as a team, we were really in a mess - we were struggling, conceding goal after goal.

"The first thing he worked on was our defensive shape, making us hard to beat and that carried us through to stay up and we have gone on from there."

Davies added: "We have got a modest manager, and he wants us to be a modest team - we are always the underdogs, but that suits us.

"This season, he has rotated when he had to, made big decisions when they were needed.

"The manager has such a composure and he instils that composure into the team.

"When we go away, we are compact, can frustrate teams and are very hard to beat.

"However, when we can get the ball down, we can also play some good football.

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