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Brede Hangeland is hoping a run of home games – starting with Aston Villa on Saturday – can kickstart Fulham’s New Year.

The Whites haven’t picked up a point in 2010 and Hangeland lingered almost apologetically applauded the travelling supporters after last night’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham. Not that Villa, with a Carling Cup final to prepare for and European ambitions of their own, will be easy opponents.

Returning to play home game might be a relief, but it’s not automatic that we will win at home just because we normally do better. It’s going to be a very tough game again against Aston Villa on Saturday and obviously we’ll have the same problems with injuries, so we’ll have to see if we can come up with something special.

I hope the medical staff will work really hard to try and get as many players fit as possible. While we wait for them to come back, we will have to try and grind out some results.

I thought Bairdy and Hughsey did well, but obviously they are not the kind of attacking full-backs that Konch and Johnny P are, so that mostly affected our attacking. The way we play is very much dependant on the full backs joining in the play going forward.

All things considered, with all the injuries, I thought we did all right. But the first goal we should have defended better and the second was very bad luck. It feels like the luck’s not really been on our side this past few weeks and hopefully that will change.