Fulham Pair Hodgson & Schwarzer Win Barclays Manager & Player Of The Month

Cottagers duo claim February prizes.
Fulham pair Roy Hodgson and Mark Schwarzer have been awarded the respective Barclays prizes for Manager and Player of the Month due to their sterling work during February.

Manager Hodgson oversaw a successful period last month, with the Cottagers picking up 11 points out of a possible 15 in the Premier League.

In addition to the club's exploits in the division, the west Londoners also trounced Notts County 4-0 in the FA Cup, and knocked out UEFA Cup holders Shakhtar Donetsk in the Europa League to book a glamor tie with Juventus, the first leg of which will be contested on Thursday.

Goalkeeper Schwarzer, meanwhile, kept things sturdy between the sticks by collecting four clean sheets. He said: "We defend as a team all over the field. That all contributes to us overall being a strong defensive side.

"It think we've built on this in the past 18 months, really, it's just that February has been a good month for us."

Schwarzer is the first goalkeeper to be named player of the month since Petr Cech in March 2007.

"I was very surprised," admitted Schwarzer. "First to be awarded it, and then to realise I was the first Australian to be have been given the award."

Hodgson echoed Schwarzer's sentiments about team ethic, dedicating his award to his players.

"It's a fantastic award," said Hodgson. "It's one of those awards that you accept on behalf of the team and the club. It's been a wonderful month for the team and the club and it [the award] is recognition from important people in the game.

"I enjoy the intensity, I enjoy the enormous coverage and interest that the Premier League generates, not just in England but all over the world. Of course, I also enjoy the quality of the football."

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