Hangeland rues late leveller
Fulham's Brede Hangeland acknowledged the disappointment of conceding a late goal in last night's 1-1 draw at home to Roma was hard to take. Hangeland gave the Cottagers the lead in the Europa League match at Craven Cottage. But right at the end, Mario Andreolli earned a point for the Italians, who missed a second-half penalty.
The Norwegian defender said: "I think during the second half they created a few chances and maybe deserved a goal. But with 15 seconds left and the lead, you would hope you get three points, so we are really disappointed to concede a goal at the end."
Before the equaliser, Mark Schwarzer saved a penalty from Jeremy Menez, which also involved Stephen Kelly being sent off for a tackle on John Arne Riise.
"I think we played well in the first half," said Hangeland. "I think the boys did really well, and we came close to beating a top-class team."
Cottagers manager Roy Hodgson said: "We had a marvellous first half. I thought we played very well. At half-time, we made some changes. But they bought on Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Pizarro, two of their better players.
"After conceding a 92nd-minute goal with ten men against West Ham, this is very hard to take."
Roma manager Claudio Ranieri was impressed by Fulham's display, but felt a draw was the right outcome.
"We left it to the very last minute, but we deserved to draw," he said. "I wasn't surprised at how much Fulham dominated in the first half; I know how well they can play.
"I was more surprised that they didn't play like that in the second half," he said. "If we want to go through, we must beat both Basle and Fulham. There is no favourite in this group now. Roy is doing a very good job. Fulham are strong and hard to play against."