Hughton conceded Fulham had most of the answers for his side's sporadic attacking forays on Saturday.
"The lad (Brede) Hangeland at the back is a giant of a centre half and he is a real quality centre half," said Hughton. "Good in the air and perhaps he is not the quickest, but generally he doesn't get exploited.
"He is very, very good on the ball and for centre halves to be able to dink balls into team-mates 40 or 50 yards away is great and shows good quality. Not only are they strong at the back, they have got a lot of offensive options."