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Hangeland upbeat over escape

Defender Brede Hangeland remains hopeful that Fulham can pull off a miraculous escape and stay in the Premier League.

The 32-year-old Norwegian is buoyed by happy memories from six years ago when he helped the London team, managed by Roy Hodgson, avoid the drop on the final day of the season with victory at Portsmouth.

They have only three matches to save themselves following Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham and now face a huge task as they look to hoist themselves from their current 19th spot heading into next weekend's match with Hull.

Captain Hangeland said: "I think all three games remaining now we look at those and think, 'yeah, we should probably get something from all of them if we play well'.

"That is the task we have to set ourselves. It (the great escape) can definitely happen again. Before Saturday, we had two wins on the spin and we know it is possible.

"We will work really hard to prepare for the next vital game, then the next one and the next one. Hopefully that will see us through."

Saturday's defeat to Spurs leaves Fulham on 30 points with home matches against Hull and Crystal Palace either side of a trip to Stoke to play.

Hangeland refuses to set a points target, adding: "I don't really work like that, you try and win the next match.

"I think we had our chances (against Spurs). On another day, it could have been a different story.

"We can't hide from the fact we conceded three goals and lost the game 3-1, so we need to put this to bed as soon as possible and focus on a massive game next Saturday.

"The games are running out. We felt like we could get something here but that wasn't to be so onto the next one."