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Brede Hangeland insists the whole Fulham team deserve the credit for the club’s excellent defensive record.

Hangeland has won plenty of plaudits for his commanding performances at the heart of a miserly Fulham defence, but says that the upturn in the club’s fortunes owes much to the hard work of his teammates and the organisation of manager Roy Hodgson.

There’s been a lot of talk about the back five but the reason why we didn’t concede too many goals was because the whole team worked very hard when we didn’t have the ball. That started from the front players, then the four dogs in midfield running their socks off.

That made it a little bit easier for the back four and the goalkeeper. It’s a team effort going forward as well as defending. That was one of the key points the manager wanted to get across to us players – we all work for each other and there are no ‘star men’ in the team, there’s only the team.

I like the description of the ‘four dogs’ in midfield. Those boys did cover an awful lot of ground over the course of the season.

Still no news on that new contract, though.