Fulham: FA Cup success to boost Cottagers survival bid

Brede Hangeland Fulham Captain

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Fulham captain Brede Hangeland hopes that Tuesday’s 3-0 FA Cup victory over Norwich City can lead to better times at the club over the remainder of the season.

The Cottagers eased into the fourth round thanks to goals by Darren Bent, Ashkan Dejagah and Steve Sidwell as a lacklustre Norwich side failed to mount any serious threat to the west Londoners.

These two sides are separated by just one point in the Premier League but there was a huge gulf in class and confidence in the cup encounter, with the Canaries now winless in their last eight games in all competitions.

The Craven Cottage outfit have hardly pulled up any trees this term themselves but have made a slight improvement of late, with three wins, two defeats and one draw in their last six games.

But they have still been shipping far too many goals, with a 6-0 defeat at Hull and Saturday’s 4-1 home loss to Sunderland a couple of results to forget for the Fulham faithful.

Rene Meulensteen’s men can still be backed at 2.00 to be relegated from the top-flight but Hangeland, who was making his first appearance in three months following back surgery, is now looking to build on the clean sheet to continue the Fulham revival.

“We’ve conceded far too many goals and one of our main targets was to keep that clean sheet today so we’re very pleased,” he said.

“We need to find the right balance between attack and defence. Lately we’ve been conceding too many goals so hopefully this is step in the right direction.”

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