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Brede Hangeland Praises Fulham's Team Ethic

Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has spoken out in praise of the team-mates whose organisation and team ethic made the west London outfit such a difficult team to score against last season.

That solidity helped Roy Hodgson's side to their highest ever league finish, earning them the reward of a place in next season's Europa League, and Hangeland, who was seen by many as a key performer, would like to see the whole team praised for their defensive efforts.

"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," he told the club's official website.

"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."

Hangeland did think it was worthwhile mentioning some names though, and highlighted the displays of his defensive colleagues, concluding, ""I think Aaron (Hughes) is a top class player. He's a true professional and we have a good understanding at the back, me, Aaron, Johnny (Pantsil), Konch (Paul Konchesky) and Mark (Schwarzer)."

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