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Fulham defender Brede Hangeland is confident the Cottagers will soon be firing on all cylinders – as long as they stick to their principles.

The Londoners tough-luck season took another twist on Saturday when they fell to a late Louis Saha goal at Everton, after missing a catalogue of chances.

And with a resurgent Newcastle the visitors to Craven Cottage on Sunday, Hangeland still insists the goals will soon flow.

He said: “Obviously we have not scored enough goals this season.

“But I would be more concerned if we were not creating any chances.

“Even though we haven’t scored many, I think a lot of it is down to bad luck.

“Everyone in the squad is confident that the goals will come if we continue to play as we are.”

Despite only scoring eight goals in their ten Premier League games to date, Fulham can also boast one of the best defensive records, conceding just nine.

And Hangeland is eager to pay tribute to his defensive partner Aaron Hughes.

He added: “I think we have a great partnership.

“Aaron is a very intelligent defender and a great footballer.

“We put in a lot of work on the training ground and you can see that the partnership is getting better as each game passes.”

Newcastle leaped six places with their Monday night win over Aston Villa.

And the Norwegian powerhouse admitted Fulham will have their work cut out this season.

Hangeland added: “Everyone is well aware that the Premier League will be really tight this year – even more so than last year.

“Everyone seems to be very evenly matched and there really are no easy games.

“But if you can string a couple of good results together you can move quickly up the league, and that is what we have to look to do on Sunday.”