League still comes first - Hodgson

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Fulham boss Roy Hodgson insists the Premier League is still his priority and will rotate his squad for the Europa League clash against Basle after victory against CSKA Sofia set up a showdown in Switzerland.

Hodgson's men need to win in a fortnight to reach the last 32 of the competition, with Zoltan Gera's winner at Craven Cottage against CSKA keeping them in the hunt. Fringe players were brought in ahead of the league clash against Sunderland on Sunday - but the hosts held on to give them hope of qualifying from Group E.

"The Premier League is the major concern and the Europa League comes second to that," said Hodgson.

"I don't think the fans will hold anything against us for our performances in this competition. They know when we go to Basle we will be doing our very best.

"We are still trying to do the best we can, the players will be trying hard to get us through and that was evident against CSKA, personified by people like Simon Davies, Zoltan Gera and Bobby Zamora.

"We knew it would be tough for Basle to get anything at Roma so with the four points dropped against Roma we always thought we would have had to win the last two games.''

Before Gera's 15th-minute winner, Danny Murphy missed a penalty on his return to action after six weeks out with a knee injury.

"He's our penalty taker," Hodgson said. "It was the first missed since I've been at the club. It wasn't a mistake to let him take it."'s official website)

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