Brede: Different boss, same Fulham

Hodgson, the mastermind of the most successful spell in the
Cottagers’ history, departed for Liverpool over the summer. Hughes
was given the unenviable task of filling his shoes but the former
Manchester City boss has made a encouraging start to his tenure. A
point secured at Bolton was followed up by Sunday’s thrilling 2-2
draw with Manchester United and Hangeland insists the team are
content under Hughes. “There is no reason why we should lose our
team spirit because we changed manager,” said the Norway defender.
“Towards the end against United our team spirit was every bit as
good as it has been for the last couple of years. “We came back
again at Craven Cottage as we have done many times. “It was a great
feeling to be part of that and I’m confident Mark Hughes can lead
us in the right direction. “The determination in the dressing room
is the same every season. “It’s more for those people around the
club to make up stories about what is going to happen when we
change manager. “As players you always try and do your best and you
have in mind what you have done last year and the year before
that.” Hangeland insists Hughes has brought a change in emphasis to
the team’s tactics, while emphasising their refusal to be
intimidated by reputations. “Now we get at teams a bit more. We did
that yesterday a bit more against United than we have done in the
past against good teams, even at home,” he said. “We used to
concede ground earlier and let the opposition play whereas now we
press high and take the game to them. “It worked at times and other
times not so well but I’m sure we’ll get better as we get time to
work on things. “I think we knew already before we changed manager
that on our day we can play well against most teams and we showed
that again yesterday. “We should have respect for those good teams
but not have any fear.” Hangeland had dramatic impact on
yesterday’s game, scoring the own goal that put United 2-1 clear
before nodding home the equaliser with a minute to go. “It was very
pleasing for me personally,” he said. “I felt I was unlucky with
the own goal because I didn’t think I could have done too much
about it, but you still feel you owe something to the team and I
was praying for a corner. “Luckily I got one and it came in the
right area for me.” Hangeland’s goal would have proved meaningless
had David Stockdale not saved Nani’s penalty shortly after United
went 2-1 up. The goalkeeper impressed once again filling in for the
injured Mark Schwarzer, who Arsenal have bid more than once for
this summer. And despite the 37-year-old looking set to quit Craven
Cottage, Hughes maintains his departure is not a “foregone
conclusion”.