Fulham FC's Brede Hangeland will consider breaking the habit of a lifetime by conceding corners rather than throw-ins at Stoke this weekend.

In the heat of the moment, it might be tricky for the Norwegian to override the normal defensive reflex not to give away a flag kick, but Rory Delap's terrorising of opponents should concentrate the mind.

Delap's exocets from the touchline have provided one of the season's big talking points, not least because few teams have shown themselves to be invulnerable to the low trajectory missiles which will happily deflect off the head of a defender rather than an attacker.

Hangeland is all too aware of the danger.

"Maybe I will think about giving away a corner rather than a throw-in," the centre-half told the Gazette.

"I haven't thought about that ever - trying to concede a corner rather than a throw-in - but maybe that's a good idea.

"They probably have the longest thrower of all the teams in the world so we'll have to talk about that and figure out how we defend against that. It will definitely be a challenge.

"There's not much you can do when they throw it in the box like that.

"You have to challenge for the ball and hopefully win the first ball and the second to get it away but it is difficult. You need a firm header to get it away.

"I'm sure the manager will come up with a plan to deal with that problem."

Fulham travel to the Britannia Stadium looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

Not losing is breeding confidence, but in the long-run, it is wins rather than draws that Fulham will need and last weekend's disappointing draw with Man City had limited value, Hangeland concedes.

"The last couple of draws at Liverpool and Villa, we've been happy with," he said. "But if you draw every game, it doesn't give you a lot of points, so I think we should go to Stoke looking to get all three points.

"We were average on Saturday, I would say. Obviously when they [Man City] scored at the beginning, it looked a bit difficult, but we got back into it and overall I felt a draw was a fair result.

"We were a bit disappointed we didn't get on top of them and I felt the game was there to be taken, but neither side managed to do that and it looked like both sides settled for it.

"On the positive side, it was great that Jimmy got on the scoresheet again.

"He's an important player for us and as well as scoring a fantastic goal, almost got another in the second half and if he can start scoring a few goals, we'll do even better."

Bullard's contribution - timely given that England boss Fabio Capello was in attendance on Saturday - was something Bobby Zamora would have killed for.

Instead he had to settle for the role of provider, creating the space for Bullard to drill in an equaliser from an angle.

Zamora, who opened his account so promisingly with a stunner against Bolton in September, is stuck on one goal from 15 Premier League starts.

But Hangeland is sticking up for the former West Ham front man.

"We are very happy with how well Bobby is doing," Hangeland said.

"Although he hasn't scored so many goals, he's worked really hard and he's always causing problems for opponents. He's an important player for us.

"I think he's stayed confident. He's been in the game a long time and we all know he's doing a good job.

"He's a good guy to have in the dressing room as well as on the pitch too. He's always making jokes."

Meanwhile, Hangeland is brushing aside rumours he is in contract talks or unsettled by speculation linking him last week to a January move to Arsenal or Spurs.

"I'm in a three year contract and have two and a half years left," he said.

"If you do well and people have said I've done well, then there will be speculation and I've found in the past that there's no point in commenting.

"But I will say that I'm really happy at Fulham and I wouldn't mind staying here for a long time. It's all ifs and buts about other teams coming in for me but if that happens. I'll have to make a decision.

"I haven't heard anything about it and it's some fantasy in the press as far as I'm concerned."

Match Summary FULHAM (1) 1 MAN CITY (1) 1 Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; Dempsey, Bullard, Murphy, Davies; Johnson, Zamora. Subs not used: Zuberbühler, Stoor, Kallio, Andreasen, Etuhu, Gera, Nevland. Attendance: 24,012 GOALS: Benjani (6), Bullard (27). MoM: Brede Hangeland