Brede Hangeland knows it will be difficult against Arsenal tomorrow – but sees no reason why Fulham shouldn’t feel confident about taking at least a point away from the Emirates.
We’re well aware of how tough it will be at the Emirates and we have to produce a performance like we have in our last two games if we want to get points. I think we’re full of confidence at the moment so we’ll try and go there and get something.
We’re really happy with our home form but looking at that we should do better away from home. Maybe it’s to do with confidence but sooner or later we’ll do well away from home and get a win. They’re a top side and we expect a very tough game but we’re confident and we know if we play well we can get points. We’ve been to Anfield, Villa Park and places like that and got points so I think it’s possible on Saturday but we have to play well.
There’s also a bit of humour in Hangeland’s interview with the club’s website as he talks about his unfortunate habbit of hitting the bar in recent home games.
I’m going to talk to the groundsman about lifting the crossbar a couple of inches! I’m not a goalscorer but I think I’ve hit the crossbar four times in my Fulham career so that’s disappointing. The one on Tuesday was a free header and the problem was I got so high it was hard to direct the header down. As long as we win though I’m happy.
The Norway captain certainly seemed desperate to get on the scorsheet on Tuesday. Several times in the second half he was running at Swansea defenders in their penalty area, once collecting the ball from a short corner and one mazy dribble could have lead to a penalty had he gone down like a centre forward rather than thinking like a defender. Mind you, had he not ducked out of the way of the corner that led to our goal in the original tie, then he would have already added to his only goal of the season, which came against … Arsenal of course.