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.


Blackburn midfielder David Dunn will not be taking part in the match against Fulham due to a hip muscle tear.

The 31-year-old missed last weekend's defeat at Aston Villa and will be on the sidelines again when Rovers head to Craven Cottage.

"David has a small tear and it will take a few days for it to settle down, ruling him out of this week's action," said a club spokesman.

Rovers will also be without defender Ryan Nelsen, who serves a one-match suspension for after being sent off at Villa Park.


Fulham has stopped Chelsea's title dream with draw at the Craven Cottage. David Luiz, who had impressed on what was his first start for the club, was penalised for a trip on the American international in the 93rd minute, having spurned a host of chances to secure the points at Craven Cottage - with Fernando Torres subbed by boss Carlo Ancelotti once again before the full 90 minutes was out.


Fulham midfielder Danny Murphy has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club till 2012. Murphy, 33, joined the Cottagers from Spurs in 2007 and his goal against Portsmouth kept Fulham in the Premier League on goal difference in 2008.

The midfielder was made club captain in 2009 and led the west Londoners to the Europa League final in 2010.

He said: "It is a great source of pride for me to have played a role in some truly historic moments for Fulham FC."


Fulham continued their tremendous recovery after defeating Peterborough United by six goals in the FA Cup. Fulham opened up a 4-0 lead with a header and shot from Kamara either side of a deflected shot from Dickson Etuhu followed by a header from Zoltan Gera.

Lee Tomlin pulled one back with a superb low shot before Kamara tapped in to complete his hat-trick.

Posh's Grant McCann scored a penalty but Jonathan Greening slid in a sixth.


Mark Hughes says that he is confident that Fulham can turn the season around. Pressure had mounted on Hughes after fans reacted angrily to Fulham's 3-1 home defeat by West Ham on Boxing Day.

But following the 2-0 win at Stoke Hughes retorted: "The pressure builds because we feel we are a better side than our league position suggests.

"We have shown we can battle and scrap, maybe some thought that was beyond us."


Fulham managed to get a point against Sunderland in their fight for survival. Andrew Johnson's introduction for the second half gave the hosts a greater threat and it was he who came closest to breaking the deadlock.

Dickson Etuhu had a header cleared off the line while substitute Boudewijn Zenden dragged narrowly wide for the Black Cats.

The last five meetings between these two sides have now produced just two goals, therefore a classic was never likely to be on the cards.


Clint Dempsey secured a vital point for Fulham as they attempt to move away from the relegation battle. The West Londoners’ leading marksman Clint Dempsey also came close to give Fulham the lead. Some neat approach play from Diomansy Kamara set up the American on the edge of the box, but after he did well to shift the ball on to his favoured right foot he could only bend a shot wide of Ben Foster’s goal.

The England goalkeeper turned to stone as the ball swirled past his right hand post.


Fulham manager Mark Hughes says that he does not want to change the side too much for Carling Cup tie against Stoke. While many Premier League managers are likely to rest their key men in the competition and give a chance to fringe players, Hughes is taking a different view.

Having only recently taken charge at Fulham, Hughes is eager to send out his first XI at every opportunity as he continues to assess the strength of his side.


Fulham have decided to double Bobby Zamora's wages according to reports. The 29-year-old marksman helped the Cottagers reach their first European final in the history of the club, and could have even been a part of England's World Cup 2010 squad if not for an Achilles problem.

The London-based club are thought to have turned away deadline day advances from Liverpool, as the Reds were on the lookout for a striker owing to the over reliance on Fernando Torres.