Brede Hangeland believes Fulham are back on course for a top ten finish in the Premier League after ending their three-match losing sequence with what turned out to be a nervy victory over Norwich yesterday.

Martin Jol’s side also scored their first goals in four games inside the first thirteen minutes at Craven Cottage, with early strikes from Clint Dempsey and Damien Duff establishing an important cushion. Paul Lambert’s visitors were much improved in the second half and Aaron Wilbraham’s deflected effort ensured a tense finish. Hangeland feels Fulham will be able to draw real confidence from the three points ahead of the final seven games.

We are thinking about finishing as high as possible and three games with no points dented that plan a little bit. t’s been a tough couple of weeks after a very good run, things didn’t seem to go our way. Away at Villa and Man United, we could have nicked something, and obviously we had a real slip up at home to Swansea, so it was nice to get the points again.

Now we’ll try and collect as many points as we can between now and the end of the season and hopefully get into that top 10.

The Norwegian centre back freely admitted that Fulham were hanging on to their lead for dear life in the closing ten minutes.

Part it is psychological, when you are protecting a lead, but they obviously had nothing to lose at the end and we looked a bit tired after using a lot of energy in the first half. Sometimes it’s the case that you let in late goals, but luckily we managed to hold on.