Mark Hughes felt Fulham were well worth a point this afternoon – and credited the Craven Cottage side’s spirit for their creditable comeback against Manchester United.
Brede Hangeland’s late header gained the Whites a point against United, who looked set to claim victory after the Norwegian had scored at the wrong end before they were awarded a debatable penalty. Hughes felt his new side did well to fight their way back into the contest after Sir Alex Ferguson’s team dominated the first half.
Certainly, United were the better team for the majority of the first half. But I just sense that we had a little more relief towards the end of the half and then we took that into the second half.
I think everyone accepted that had the penalty been converted the game was over but David has been impressing everybody. I haven’t been through the door long but since I’ve been here his training and the two games that he’s played he’s been outstanding, so credit to the young boy.
I was disappointed with the penalty award and obviously the own goal. Yes, it hit his hand but there was no intention, he hasn’t tried to affect the play, he swung a leg out and it bounced into his hand.
I thought it was a harsh decision. We had a couple of shouts ourselves but overall I’m just delighted with the overall spirit we’ve shown.