Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hughes: We Are Still Ful of Pride

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hughes: We Are Still Ful of Pride

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AARON HUGHES believes Fulham can still walk away from this season with their heads held high, despite Wednesday's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Diego Forlan ended the Cottagers' fairytale European adventure on Wednesday night when he struck in extra time to deny Fulham their first major trophy in the club's 131-year history. Fulham accounted for the likes of Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk and Wolfsburg in an 19-match run which began back in July to make the final in Hamburg.

Former Newcastle defender Hughes (pictured) has been an integral part of the Cottagers European run, playing in 17 of the games at the heart of the Fulham defence.

He praised the way that the team handled the gruelling campaign and believes the club should be proud of the players' achievements.

"I think we've done the club proud. Everyone has really enjoyed the competition," said the Fulham vice-captain.

"It's been fantastic. I think we've approached it the right way. …

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