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Brede Hangeland believes there are signs Fulham are heading in the right direction under Roy Hodgson.

Fulham appointed Hodgson as Lawrie Sanchez’s replacement in December with the brief of keeping the club in the Premier League.

Though Hodgson has only won one game since taking charge, the Cottagers are only three points from safety, and recent signing Hangeland is staying optimistic.

“He’s working really hard on the important things like the shape of the team and the way we defend, attack and keep everyone in good positions,” Hangeland, who worked with Hodgson at Viking in Norway, told the club’s official website.

“He’s doing the same thing here so far and I hope we will see the same result.

“There are signs when we’re working in the sessions that we’re moving in the direction he wants us to move. It’s probably getting better with every day.”

Hangeland arrived at Craven Cottage from FC Copenhagen in January and has made three appearances to date as he adapts to the Premier League.

He added: “I think it’s gone fairly well, it’s always a big challenge to come to a new club and a new league – particularly when it’s a league as good as this one. There are a few things I have to overcome, but overall I think it’s gone alright.

“It will take some time to adapt to the speed and physicality fully, but everyone has told me to be prepared for the speed of the game and lots of challenges. I’ve tried to do that as good as I can and hopefully I will improve in the future.

“The main thing for me is that the team picks up the points, if the other players, the manager or the fans are pleased with what I do that’s good, but points for the team is the overall important thing.”