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Fulham boss Hodgson praises A-League friendlies

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has praised the quality of his clubs opponents during their pre-season tour to Australia. The Cottagers, who are preparing to compete in the inaugural Europa League on July 30, have come up against new A-League club Gold Coast United (2-1 loss) and reigning champions Melbourne Victory (3-0 win) in two tour matches and Hodgson has been pleasantly surprised by the quality of opposition.

"We wouldn't get this quality of games so early in our pre-season," Hodgson said after the match.

"The competition and teams have been really fit and well organised.

"We've got a compromised pre-season because we have to be ready by July 30, so this has been a very good exercise.

"We've played two very good competitive games in front of some good crowds and we wouldn't get that at home."

The 61-year old also said that Australian players would continue to do well overseas.

"All Australians who come to England succeed really well," Hodgson added.

"They have the right attitude and character, and Premiership teams are always on the lookout for talent and the A-League is good enough for players to make the step up."

Fulham wraps up their pre-season tour of Australia against Perth Glory on Wednesday July 15 at Members Equity Stadium in Perth.

Andrew Slevison
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