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Fulham defender Brede Hangeland believes a greater slice of luck could have landed them three points against Birmingham on Saturday.

The Cottagers had to come from behind to rescue a point at home against the Blues as Clint Dempsey cancelled out Sebastian Larsson’s first-half opener in a 1-1 draw.

Fulham remain just one place and one point above the relegation zone and Norwegian defender Hangeland admits no win in their last five league outings is disappointing.

“We did well to come from behind and it was a positive reply,” said the 29-year-old.

“We dominated the second half and I don’t think anyone can say we have luck on our side at the moment.

“We haven’t been playing as well as we would like at the moment and we’re working on putting that right.

“We had chances and probably should have had more to show from the game,” he added. “Apart from the goal they never really threatened us.

“Birmingham are a good side though and they came to Craven Cottage on the back of some impressive results, but still it would have been nice to have taken more.”

Hangeland also hailed goalscorer Dempsey after the American scored his fifth of the season soon after the restart to even up the clash.

“I thought Clint did well,” he added. “He gives the team a lot of options and again he came up with a goal for us.

“He’s got a good record in front of goal and is someone that will always make a sacrifice to get on the end of things as he showed – all credit to him.”