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Fulham coach Marco Silva: delighted with gritty win at Middlesborough

last updated Thursday 07th April 2022, 2:01 PM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Speaking in his post-match press conference, Fulham boss Marco Silva was delighted to see his side claim a gritty win over Middlesborough and take a step closer to securing promotion at the Riverside Stadium.

“Tough match, really tough match for us, as we expected. In my opinion, from what I have analysed of Boro, the quality they have, it will be the toughest match for the rest of the season. They are strong at home, always a fantastic atmosphere behind them to push and support them.”

“The first half, we started really well,” Silva continued. “In the first fifteen minutes, we are Fulham Football Club on the pitch. We are dominant, we started on the front foot. We expected a higher pressure from them in the beginning of the match, against all the teams here, they wait a bit more, and against us they respected us.

“But we are dominant, in the first ten or fifteen minutes with a different decision in attack, we could create more chances to score.

“In the second half, they were more dominant, they created more problems for us. But we are clinical, we had a fantastic goal from Mitro from a set-piece. After, we had a very good chance probably to kill the game from Bobby Reid. After that, they had two or three chances to equalise. We are clinical in the second half, my players deserve it.”

The boss was effusive in praising the character of his squad in helping secure the victory in rainy conditions on Teeside.

“In terms of our togetherness, our team spirit, when I saw Mitrovic running back and helping the team, Kebano, Harry, Bobby, Fabio as well, showed the togetherness in our team.

"Sometimes we have to win games playing so well, like we have so far, in other moments we have to play the ugly part of the game. They did it, it is fantastic for us.”

After navigating a long run of games away from home, Marco was keen to give further credit to his team, who now look forward to returning to Craven Cottage against Coventry on Sunday.

“It is the fifth game in a row away from home. The last time we played at home was one month ago. It’s been tough for us; the players have been brilliant.

"Again, tonight they did it. Now is a moment to rest and finally, we play at home on Sunday.”

Source Charlie Harris at Fulham FC
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