LITESPORT FULHAM defender Paul Konchesky cried foul after last nights 2-1 defeat at Roma in the Europa League. TheCottagersled1-0athalf-timeonly to see substitute Erik Nevland (right) receive a red card early in the second half, allowing Roma to come back. Konchesky joined Nevland in the changing rooms late in the game after beinghandedhismarchingordersfora foul on Rodrigo Taddei. IntheEnglishPremierLeaguethose are not sending offs, said Konchesky, who took a dim view of Dutch referee Kevin Bloms performance. It completely changed the game, theres no doubt about that. It was a shame because we played a great first half and we deserved much more from this match. We dominated in the opening half and we showed we were better than Roma. The result at the Stadio Olimpico was Fulhamsfirstdefeatinthecompetition and saw them drop to third in Group E, two points behind the Italians with two games remaining. Fulham host CSKA Sofia on 3 Decem- ber,beforemeetinggroupleadersBasel in Switzerland two weeks later. Konchesky,whoissettomissthegame against Sofia, knows his teams hopes of progressing to the next round in Europe have been hit with defeat. We still have two games left that Roma could slip up in. Butitsgoingtobedifficultaswenow depend on the result of others. Obviouslytheteamwillhavetoover- come suspensions and that is an added complication. However, Konchesky is confident his team will bounce back from this disappointment. Fulham had gone into the game on a six-match unbeaten streak and will be looking to return to winning ways at Wigan this weekend. I think we can get over this defeat quitequickly,saidKonchesky.Wehave another game on Sunday. Hopefully we can start from there again. Forsurethisdefeatwillnotaffectthe team from a mental perspective. Wejusthavetorecoverbecauseplay- inganentiresecondhalf downto10men is physically tough. Its going to be hard playing at Wigan but we can cope. Hopefullywecanstartwellandgeta good result there. Wehavetwomoredaystopreparefor thegameatWiganandhopefullywewill be fine. Manager Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, remainedtypicallyphilosophicalinthe face of defeat, but found the referees decisions equally hard to stomach. You cannot be happy in the face of injustice, Hodgson said. I accept the situationbecausetherefereemakesthe decision but Im not happy. I think the two red cards were very harsh.Ididntspeaktothereferee.Ionly spoke to the fourth official. To play in thesecondhalf downto10menisabitter pill to swallow. London Lite Friday, 6 November 2009 41 Inbrief Torres in frame for Brum clash FERNANDO TORRES returned to Liverpools Melwood training complex today after a whistle- stop trip to Valencia for a second opinion on his groin injury. The striker visited a Liverpool hospital yesterday for further tests after flying back from Wednesdays game in Lyon. It is now expected the 25-year- old will do light training over the weekend and is still in contention to play Birmingham on Monday. Africa key to World Cup bid THE leader of South Africas World Cup organising committee has warned England they will need to have Africa on their side if they are to survive the first round of voting to host the 2018 finals. Danny Jordaan expects there to be a high-profile casualty when polling gets under way in December 2010. The best team is not necessarily the winning team on match day, he said. Germany wins the Aaron hunt GERMANY coach Joachim Low has included Aaron Hunt in his squad to face Chile and the Ivory Coast in his sides last two friendly matches of the year next week. Hunt, who this week declared he had no interest in playing for England despite being eligible for both countries, is one of two new faces in an experimental squad named by Low today. Bayern Munichs rising star Thomas Muller is also selected. Celtics Scott is still hot to trot SCOTT MCDONALD hopes to put the pain of his Europa League misses behind him at the weekend. The Australian striker was twice thwarted by Frank Rost in the first half of the goalless draw against Hamburg last night. Consequently the Parkhead clubs European aspirations hang by a thread. He said: I am looking forward to getting the boots back on for Sunday and hopefully putting a few in the net. Moyes sticks by his Toffeemen EVERTON manager David Moyes is determined his side will get back on track in the Europa League after back-to-back defeats by Benfica. Qualification for the knock-out stage is in their hands but the meeting in Greece next month against AEK will hold the key. Moyes remain quietly confident of making progress and said: I would like to think so. There are some tough games but we never thought the group would be easy. Blomsquadhasblown it, moans Konchesky Paul the other one: Koncheskey cant believe hes been given his marching orders by card happy Dutch referee Kevin Blom AS ROMA ................ 2 FULHAM.................. 1 EUROPA LEAGUE BY JAMES GOLDMAN P W D L F A PTS BASLE 4 3 0 1 7 2 9 ROMA 4 2 1 1 5 4 7 FULHAM 4 1 2 1 4 4 5 CSKA SOFIA 4 0 1 3 2 8 1 GROUP E Our Zavago hero must keep feet on ground ZAVON HINES is being closely monitored by his West Ham pals after two days of Hammer hype. Hines, like Mark Noble a product of the celebrated West Ham academy, became an instant celebrity when he scored the late winner against Aston Villa on Wednesdaay to help his team out of the bottom three. The 20-year-old looks certain to start at home to Everton on Sunday in place of hamstring victim Carlton Cole and Noble said: Im so pleased for Zavon and I just hope now he keeps his feet on the ground. I am sure he will because, as a group of players, we will make sure he doesnt get carried away. Noble also had a special word for West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola as he and his teammates prepare for the visit of Everton. He said: We love the manager. Hes a fantastic person to play for and Im so happy I heard the fans signing his name the other night because, in the same situation in some other teams Ive played in under some other managers, that wouldnt have happened. The fans stuck with him and I want to praise them for that. The win over Villa should give us loads of confidence. Weve had some tough times and results but we knew we were good enough, weve played so well at times in matches and we just needed that little stroke of luck. 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