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Hangeland: We need six points

Fulham must take six points from their two remaining Barclays Premier League games to avoid relegation, according to captain Brede Hangeland.

Fulham were 2-0 up with 15 minutes left to play at home to Hull on Saturday but the visitors snatched a point with late goals from Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long.

Hangeland says everyone at the club knows it is a crucial moment in Fulham's season, but he remains confident they can retain their Premier League status next year with victories against Stoke and Crystal Palace.

"I think we need to win the last two," he said.

"That is clear for everyone to see. Is that impossible? No, it is far from impossible. Of course we can do it.

"It is all about doing the business next week and then the week after and hoping that will be enough. It is a massive game next week and we have to win that."

A share of the spoils means Hull are now virtually safe and can focus their attention on the FA Cup final, according to Long.

"I think it was a massive point for us," he said.

"It keeps them six points behind us with two games left, but with a worse goal difference, so we can look at Fulham as finishing behind us at least.

"It was a big point for us, it was a big thing not letting them get three points - 36 on the table with Fulham on 33 behind us would have been a bit more scary.

"I thought we were fully deserving of a least a point, but after they went 2-0 you get to thinking it isn't going to be our day. We can go to Aston Villa, not switching off, but quietly confident that we are fairly safe."

Hull splashed out over 14m on bringing strike-duo Jelavic and Long to the club in January and the Ireland international is keen to repay the faith manager Steve Bruce has shown in the pair.

"The gaffer went out on a limb and spent a bit of money getting me and Jelavic in and hopefully I can reward him with goals on the pitch," he added.

"I'm really enjoying it. Jelavic is a handful and puts himself up front which surprised me a bit before I came in.

"I think we complement each other well, but we are still learning off each other and hopefully we can add to our goal tally before the end of the season and then have a full pre-season together."