Mens vi forbereder os til braget mod Spurs i morgen, kan vi i dag nyde opmærksomhed fra Barclays Awards Panel, der har kåret Roy Hodgson til februars Månedens Manager, mens Mark Schwarzer modtager hæder som Månedens Spiller.
Dette er toppen af kransekagen for Fulham, der har haft en absolut fantastisk februar måned uden et eneste nederlag efter en ellers rædselsfuld start på året.
Det er fjerde gang, at Hodgson modtager en sådan anerkendelse og anden gang i denne sæson, mens Schwarzer ikke før er blevet kåret til Månedens Spiller på trods af sine tidligere meritter.
Australske Schwarzer har i februar kun lukket en enkelt kasse ind i Premier League, og det var endda hans holdkammerat Chris Baird, der stod for det mål, da han med et “elegant” hovedstød passerede sin egen målmand mod Birmingham.
Schwarzer er den første Fulham-spiller, der modtager prisen siden franske Louis Saha tilbage i august, 2001.
Landsholdsmanden fra Down Under havde følgende kommentarer til den glædelige nyhed:
“I’m still a little bit shocked to have won the award. I think it’s been a tremendous achievement from everybody at the Club over the last five to six weeks.
No one could have imagined it would have gone so well over that period of time and I think any number of players in the Team could have won the award.
I feel very honoured and I’ve just found out I’m the first Australian to win it. I’m glad to accept an award on behalf of the other players who have contributed towards my performances week-in, week-out.
I think we’ve defended very well and we’ve gone back to how we defended consistently well last season. In February we were outstanding all over the field from front to back and that’s what has been the key for Fulham Football Club. We’ve been able to work our way up the table and through various competitions. Overall so far it’s been fantastic.”
Gentleman Roy var også godt tilfreds med sin pris, Schwarzers hæder og ikke mindst holdet og trænerteamet:
“I’m absolutely delighted. I think it’s a great achievement to win a Manager of the Month award twice in one season.
I realise it’s not me personally that’s being rewarded – it’s the Team. The Team has done so well. They did well in October when I received the award and now the Team has done, if anything, even better in the month of February and once again I receive the award.
I receive the award, absolutely in all modesty, not only on behalf of the Team, but also the Coaching Staff, Mike Kelly and Ray Lewington. All three of us work closely together to prepare the Team in the best way possible and I think we should see this award as recognition of the Team effort.
I also think that Mark (Schwarzer.red), as the first Fulham player to receive the Player of the Month award since Louis Saha, is a fantastic effort. I’m delighted for him and as a Football Club we’ll have to say that some time in the distant future people will look back at February 2010 and say, ‘in February 2010 Fulham was a good football Team and Fulham FC was a big Football Club.’ It’s nice to be a part of that.”
En lykønskning er på sin plads til både Schwarzer og Hodgson for denne påskønnelse fra Barclays.
EDIT – Derudover blev Damien Duffs mål mod Birmingham også kåret til månedens mål(!) A mighty hollabalooza it is!