Fulham boss Mark Hughes has said that Mark Schwarzer's experience is highly significant to the squad.

The Cottagers, currently placed 11th on the Premier League table, are six points clear of the relegation zone and Hughes says it is the top flight experience of the likes of Schwarzer which will help keep the London club in the Premiership.

“Goalkeeping is a specialised position and it takes experience over and above any other position. A lack of experience in the goalkeeping position can cost your team dearly," Hughes told fulhamfc.com.

“Sometimes it’s difficult to judge when to give young keepers the opportunity and put your complete faith in them because there’s always that understanding that maybe they haven’t had enough games they need to totally understand the role and qualities that are needed.