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Hangeland Rues Last Minute Goal

12 September 2015

Brede Hangeland was obviously gutted at seeing his side fall to defeat against Manchester City thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s last minute goal, but admitted plenty of positives could be taken.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side continued their perfect start to the campaign but were pushed all the way by the Eagles who were unfortunate not to continue their fine form, and the central defender admits that it was a bitter pill to swallow.

Post-match, he said: “It’s tough to take. It’s the worst way to lose a game of football. We fought hard and played well in a relatively even game against the league leaders, so to lose like that in the last minute is gutting.

“When it approaches 90 minutes and it’s still a draw you hope for a point or even three, so there’s a little disappointment but there were plenty of good points.
“It was a good game and a hard one at that with chances at both ends and on another day we could have won it.

“We can take confidence that we played well against a side that have won five out of five and not conceded a goal and created chances against them. We’re on the way to good things and today is proof of that.

“We battled really hard and to come away with nothing is disappointment but there’s plenty of confidence we can take. We had a good go but it just wasn’t to be today.”

Hangeland made his first league start of the season in place of the injured Damien Delaney in a makeshift backline that included Martin Kelly ahead of Joel Ward, which meant that things were tougher than usual for the Palace defence, but despite the result Hangeland was pleased with the performance.

On his defensive colleagues, he said: “I thought we did OK, it was hard to come in like that as I haven’t played much this season and neither has Martin Kelly but we trained hard and today was proof that we did, and it’s important that we have a strong squad. 

“It’s a great group, that’s what you want with football. We want to move this club up and it’s great to be a part of that.

“Points in the Premier League are gold dust and we came close to getting one or three today but we have to shake that off and move to the next one.”

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