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Fulham's Schwarzer planning to remain as first choice

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says the onus is now on number two David Stockdale to react well after he was dropped during the week. The 38-year old veteran was selected in Mark Hughes' starting eleven for Wednesday's 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Craven Cottage despite returning from the Asian Cup in Qatar just four days after playing in the final.

As he went in, Stockdale was demoted to the bench but Schwarzer says it is just part of the learning curb of being a goalkeeper in professional football.

"It's always tough when you come in and you do well and then get left out again," he said.

"But it's also part of the learning process and you have got to see how you react.

"The manager made a decision on Tuesday after I trained. There were no conversations whatsoever. It was just the way it unfolded."

Fulham are away at Aston Villa this weekend and Schwarzer is targeting another positive result to help push the Cottagers up the Premier League table and achieve the 40 points touted as the safety zone in regards to staying in the top flight.

"You can see the confidence is there, and the momentum. But the sooner we get to 40 points the better," he added.

Andrew Slevison
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