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Fulham coach Marco Silva delighted with Fulham’s forward play

last updated Tuesday 09th May 2023, 10:45 AM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Fulham coach Marco Silva was delighted with Fulham’s play going forward, but would rather they’d seen the game out more comfortably against Leicester City.

The Whites stormed in a 3-0 lead in the first half, though our visitors won the second half to make it a tenser end to proceedings than it might’ve been.

“Clearly we were the best team on the pitch, I think there’s no doubt about it, I think we should have won this game much more comfortably,” Silva said.

“Great moments of football, great goals, and from the first minute we were the team that started in command. We started with intensity, the desire, the will, and the quality to play.

“I was really pleased with the dynamic that we played all the first half and the beginning of the second half as well, I was really pleased to see the way the players expressed themselves on the pitch. They understood our plan well and they stuck with it and it was really nice to see the way we played and the way we scored some goals.

“I told them at half-time that the reaction will come for sure. When a team is losing 3-0 at half-time, we have to expect the reaction, and they did it. The goals we conceded were unnecessary in my opinion, even the two penalties were unnecessary.

“They were moments where we have to start to be much more consistent when you are winning a football match. You know in the Premier League that any team can punish you if you switch off for one second.

“They had some moments around our box and we have to be much more calm and more consistent, to control the game in a different way, because it was a great performance from ourselves and the scoreline should be different for us.

“But praise for the players, it’s part of the process, we are here to work with them, to improve them to be more consistent during the whole match, but credit to them.

“Great performance, great reaction from the last results, although against City and Liverpool we performed well and should have taken more from the games, but we got a great reaction this afternoon.

“Credit for the players, for the fans as well, for sure they enjoyed the way the team played.”

In the final fixture before Aleksandar Mitrovic returns from his ban, Carlos Vinicius led the line superbly, slotting home our second goal before teeing up Tom Cairney for number three.

And when asked if he’s seen an improvement in performance from our number 30, Silva replied: “I think everyone can see it.

“When you are a football player, you need minutes, you need consistency, you need to be week in and week out inside the pitch to get some confidence to improve.

“And if you are a striker and you come on for 10 minutes in a game, five minutes in the other, 30 minutes in the other, you don't get the consistency in terms of minutes and it’s more difficult for you to pop up and show every single time your quality.

“Now he is in a better moment, I think everyone can see it. He is much more confident with more minutes, more games in his legs. I'm pleased for him because he deserves it.

“The season, for him, has had some ups and downs, and now that he's performing better, he’s improving, he's more confident, he can show his quality better and he’s scoring goals as well.

“It’s important for him and I'm pleased because he deserves it, even if some moments this season I was the first one to demand more from him and to push him more, because I know his quality. Now I'm pleased for him that he's showing this quality.”

The victory moved Fulham onto 48 points in the table, just five behind our Premier League record.

“We don't hide that it’s our clear goal to achieve that,” Silva stated. “That points target would make the season even more brilliant.

“We really want to finish the season with a big stamp, and the stamp will be to get that certain amount of points, and we are going to fight for it.

“We can achieve or not, we don't know what is going to happen, but we are going to work hard and fight really hard, and enjoy and embrace the challenge to achieve it.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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