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The end of a simply delightful era befell upon us over the course of the Summer with graceful boss Roy Hodgson quitting the club for 'bigger and better things' at Liverpool.

Mark Hughes of Manchester United folklore was brought in to continue the good work Hodgson had done and his style has been something that has impressed centre-back Brede Hangeland.

It's no secret that Hangeland was in fact a Hodgson-signing and when bought in the January of 2008 it was his second spell under the current Liverpool boss.

However, the International captain has gone as far to say that new boss Sparky has the potential and ability to take Fulham onto better things, thanks to his more open, pressing and attacking game.

'It seems like we get at teams a bit more. We did that against United, said Brede.

'In the past against United and the other good teams, even at home, we`ve conceded ground a bit more early on and let them play.

'Now we try to press higher and take the game to them. It worked at times, and at other times not so well.

'But I`m sure we`ll get better as we have more time to practice. On our day we can match United. We did that on Sunday.'

And when asked if team spirit was about to fade, Hangeland didn't hesitate to quash any suggestions:

'There is no reason why we should lose our team spirit just because we have changed the manager.

'Towards the end of the game our spirit was every bit as good as it has been in the last couple of years.

'We came back again, as we have done many times, and it`s great to be a part of that. I`m confident Mark Hughes can lead us in the right direction.

'We would have taken a point before the game against such good opposition but, over 90 minutes, we were good value for the draw.

'On our day we can play against most teams. We should have respect for these teams but we shouldn`t have any fear.'

Wise words from the towering centre back.

But are you happy with Hughes' new tactical era?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Kristian Balkin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 24 2010

Time: 8:40AM

Your Comments

I think this is the perfect time to do this. Under Roy the team have become one of the best defences in the league. Now would be a great time to build on that and become more prolific in front of goal.
Riverside Chanter
that makes a lot of sense... and it seems as if sparky isn't throwing the defense out with the bathwater... he just wants us to attack as well...
And looks like kinda new challenge for Brede, - great way to keep him!
artilleria pesada
Great lad...i think hughes really wants to keep the players that have regularly played.....in defence especially! more attacking minded coaching seems to have got them a new focus!!!! well done brede and well done sparky!!!
Goals galore this year then?
up for the cup anyone
truth sayer ffc
Sure! Why not!?

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