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Fulham eye fair play reward

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Fulham's good behaviour on the pitch could lead to a place in the Europa League next season.

Three automatic places will be granted for countries at the top of UEFA's Respect Fair Play ranking, with the Premier League in eighth and not far off the pace at the end of January when the last table was released.

Roy Hodgson's men are at the summit of the Fair Play League in England's top flight and will be waiting to see the rankings when UEFA release their final table on April 30.

The Cottagers could still qualify for the revamped version of the UEFA Cup through their league position, although the focus at the moment is getting enough points to ensure safety.

They are looking to bounce back from Saturday's 4-0 FA Cup defeat by Manchester United when they host Blackburn at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

Midfielder Dickson Etuhu said: "Everybody knows we're good enough to stay up but this is a tough league."

"We'll fight every game like it was our last. Some of the boys are hurting right now but we'll pick ourselves up and go again on Wednesday."

Boss Hodgson is still looking to edge towards safety, even though they head into the Blackburn game knowing a win will take them to eighth in the table.

He said: "We have 11 games to play and I'm hopeful that, in those 11 games, we'll get enough points to stay up.

"The league will occupy our attention and we have to pick ourselves up after losing and get ourselves ready for Blackburn."

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Europa League
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Fulham
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Blackburn Rovers
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Dickson Etuhu
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