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”.