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Hangeland & Dann Delighted With Win

27 September 2015

Palace centre-backs Scott Dann and Brede Hangeland were delighted to help secure the Eagles' first clean sheet of the season, in a tough 1-0 win away to Watford.

Both defenders put in heroic performances in the heart of defence, denying the powerful pair of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, as the Eagles and the Hornets battled for the three points and sixth place in the Premier League.

The win came after back-to-back league defeats for Palace, which added to the delight of the two defenders.

"We've not played too badly in the last two games and probably deserved a couple of points out of them," said Dann. "We knew it was going to be tough today, so to come here, win and get the clean sheet for the first time this season, we're absolutely delighted.

"We hadn't kept a clean sheet this season and we knew they were going to go at us, so we're pleased to have got the clean sheet. It's a big three points," he added.

Hangeland was pleased that Palace were able to grind out the win, in what he felt was a tough, scrappy affair at Vicarage Road.

"It wasn't the best of football games, but we didn't concede and we got the win, which was the main thing for us," he said.

"I thought it was scrappy and hard-fought, possibly not the highest quality at times, but it was a big, big fight and we're delighted to win it.

"They have some strong front men, so we had to be the person on the first contact with Joe Ledley doing the cleaning up job in front of us, and that worked well. Credit to the gaffer for utilising a good plan."

It also means that Palace continue to be the league's stand-out performers on the road, racking up another three points away from Selhurst Park.

"We've won a lot of games - last season and this season now - away from home," said Dann. "I think if we try to transfer some of them performances to our home form we'll do well.

"We came here to put in a performance and we've done that and got the three points, so we're delighted."

Hangeland was awarded the Barclay's Man of the Match award after the duo's interview. "This could have easily gone to you," the Norwegian quipped to his defensive partner.

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