Last Updated: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:39
Brede Hangeland says Dimitar Berbatov and Mark Schwarzer have been big players for Fulham all season after their displays against QPR.
The Fulham skipper was full of praise for the veteran duo as they combined to help the Cottagers virtually assure their Premier League safety in Monday's west London derby.
Berbatov converted an early penalty and capitalised on an error from Christopher Samba not long afterwards to take his goal tally to 13 for the season.
"He is an incredible player for us," said Hangeland. "A lot has been said about him but he has scored 13 goals now and we are just delighted to have him.
"He holds the ball up so well and does special stuff every game. He has scored a lot of goals and we are very lucky to have him in the team."
Schwarzer made a key save to stop a Loic Remy penalty early in the second half with QPR threatening a comeback and the Australian went on to make a number of impressive saves in the closing stages as the 10-man Cottagers held on after Steve Sidwell's harsh red card.
Schwarzer saved spot kicks against Arsenal and Stoke earlier this season and Hangeland was thankful to see him come to Fulham's rescue again.
"He has saved three penalties this season," said Hangeland. "I think he has probably saved more penalties than he has let in.
"He made some incredible saves on top of that. He's definitely a really big player for us and has been since he came here."
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