Brede Hangeland celebrated his 100th appearance for Fulham in style on Thursday evening as the Whites defeated Juventus 4-1 and the Norwegian defender's pride in victory was palpable after a sensational night of European football at the Cottage.
I didn’t know that was my 100th appearance!” said Hangeland after the match. “Well, it was a great way to celebrate it - the perfect, perfect way!
“To reach the Quarter-Final of a European competition is a dream come true for me – we’ve come really far and no one can take this away from us no matter what happens. It’s great to be a Fulham player.
“It’s probably the best feeling I’ve had as a Fulham player together with the final day of the 2007/08 season at Fratton Park - it was unbelievable and one for the record books.
“It seems like a long time ago but it’s just over two years since I joined and to think how far we’ve come to be able to beat a top European side 4-1 at the Cottage – it’s something we’re all really proud to be part of.”
Despite an early setback on Thursday evening when David Trezeguet fired Juventus ahead, Hangeland and company kept the faith and the defender praised the effort and desire of his Team to keep the Club’s European dream alive.
“I felt that even when it was 11 against 11 we dominated them," said Hangeland. “When we went 2-1 up I knew it was possible. The way we managed to do it in the end - it couldn’t have gone any better.
“Roy told us at half time to keep playing and don’t rush it because if we rushed forward like headless chickens they could nick one back and it would have been more or less over. It was important for us to keep playing the same way and we managed to do that.
“It’s hard playing like that for 90 minutes but I thought we did really well. Because of the way we played we got really tight to them up front and in midfield so they didn’t manage to get behind us which made it a lot easier defensively.
“We worked extremely hard and got our reward in the end and it’s unbelievable to be part of. I think everyone was really tired at the end but when you see the other 10 guys working their socks off you just want to do the same.
“The crowd really got behind us. I thought the atmosphere was first class and for everyone associated with Fulham it was a great night.”
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