Hero Hangeland relieved
Fulham defender delighted to have made amends for own goal
By Jamie Casey. Last Updated: 22/08/10 9:07pm
Hangeland: Scored at both ends
Defender Brede Hangeland expressed his relief at cancelling out his own goal with a late equalised in Fulham's draw with Manchester United.
The two sides were deadlocked at one apiece before Hangeland bundled the ball into his own net in the 84th minute of a 2-2 draw.
The Norway international revealed he was determined to make amends and seized his chance when Fulham earned an 89th minute corner.
Hangeland got on the end of Damien Duff's corner and his towering header beat Edwin Van der Sar in United's goal to snatch a point for the home side.
"I looked at the clock straight after I scored the own goal and saw we had five minutes to do it," Hangeland told Sky Sports.
"I just hoped we'd get a corner and we did and I scored. It was a great feeling to get it."
Fulham boss Mark Hughes praised his side's team spirit and Hangeland echoed his comments, hailing the club's attitude since he joined from Copenhagen in 2008.
"We've had a great team spirit for the last two years here and that was proved once again, we never say die," said Hangeland.
The 29-year-old admits the guilt of scoring an own goal is not one he savours but believes there was little he could do to prevent it from happening.
He said: "It's a terrible feeling but I don't think there is anything else I could have done. It looked as though someone was going to head it and then it just struck my leg."
Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale had a memorable game and will have enhanced his chances of being installed as the club's new first choice after saving a Nani penalty while his side were a goal down.
Stockdale has kept goal for the Cottagers in their opening two games with regular first choice Mark Schwarzer out of the side having handed in a transfer request.
His 24-year-old replacement has vowed to keep his feet on the ground but hopes his display will have gone some way towards convincing boss Hughes of his ability.
"To get Mark Schwarzer out of the team has proved a very hard thing to do over the past two years," Stockdale said.
"I just take it day by day and now I can go to the manager and say 'there you go'."