Duff bids to banish Paris blues with Fulham glory
Published 08/04/2010 | 00:56
Damien Duff is hoping to bury his memories of World Cup heartbreak by guiding Fulham to Europa League glory.
Duff's hopes of making his second appearance at a World Cup finals were dashed in November after Thierry Henry's now infamous handball helped France seal a 2-1 aggregate playoff win over the Republic of Ireland in Paris.
Fulham have accounted for the likes of UEFA Cup champions Shakhtar Donetsk and Italisn giants Juventus to make the quarter-finals, where they hold a 2-1 lead going into tonight's second leg against Wolfsburg.
“Will winning the Europa League make up for losing out on the World Cup? Yes, that and more,” the 31-year-old said.
“It has been an amazing journey, and in a way that night in Paris is a distant memory now.
“We've played so many games since then and they seem to be getting bigger and bigger. To get to a final and win would be just unbelievable.
“When we started out in the summer nobody would ever have thought we'd get this far so bring it on.”