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Fulham coach Marco Silva focused on Peterborough challenge

last updated Friday 05th November 2021, 5:46 PM

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Fulham manager Marco Silva
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Fulham’s remarkable victory at Blackburn Rovers is now the last thing on Marco Silva’s mind, as we head straight back into Championship action at the weekend.

Silva led his side to a stunning 7-0 triumph on Wednesday, but when asked if such a victory was given any special acknowledgement, he replied: “To be honest, no.

“After the game we start to go to the next page, and [the players] know how important Saturday is for us. They know how important the impact will be of the last five wins in a row – the impact will be bigger if we can get the next one.

“We’re happy because we achieved the three points, that was the main thing for us, with a clean sheet which was our fourth in a row and really important as well.

“After one hour [following the game] we were already on the plane coming back to rest and to start recovering our players. And yesterday was another normal day for us, nothing changed, and this afternoon we will again have a training session.

“In our mind, it’s so clear what we want to do in each game. When one finishes and something’s gone wrong, of course we are not happy, we analyse and we go to the next one. And when we win, we’ll do the same.

“Nothing’s changed – we’re happy of course, we saw some players scoring goals and helping the team. It was a big boost in their confidence and for the team as well.

“Again, it’s just three points, it’s done. I’m happy for that, but we are on a different page already, and that’s Peterborough.”

The freshly promoted Posh have been difficult to beat on their own patch so far, with 12 of their 15 points coming at the Weston Homes Stadium.

“Tough game,” Silva admitted. “They want to get as many points as they can to remain in this league, and they are doing it.

“They are always fighting, they are always trying to do it. They will respect us, but they will do 100 per cent what they can to get points from the game.

“They are playing at home, for sure their fans will create a good atmosphere around them. It’s a tough place to go to play.

“We know our quality but we respect them as well. It’s up to us to play in our best level, to make it a good afternoon, and to keep doing the right things, not just with the ball but without the ball.

“Keep being aggressive, keep being solid and compact as a team, know the good moments to press the opposition as well. And when we have the ball, create the chances to score.

“We are in a very good moment, our players know it, but the next one is always the most important for us.”

Fulham’s away allocation of 2,500 sold out this week, with the Club being granted an additional number of tickets to ensure there will be a hefty following for the short journey north.

“It’s fantastic,” Silva said. “At the end of the day, it’s everything in football.

“Of course without the results we can’t achieve what we want, but the main thing is when you feel that the people around you, the people who support you and love the Club, are proud of you.

“I think it’s the best feeling that you can have in football. Aside from the titles that you can win, there are two things that are really important; enjoy what you are doing when achieving good results, and make your fans proud.

“If you are winning games and having that feeling that your fans are proud of you, not just because you are winning but because of the way you are playing as well, I think that’s everything in football.

“And if they are proud, that’s a big boost for us in terms of confidence. We feel that, but we cannot stop working because we know every single week comes a different challenge for us.

“The opposition sides want points, like us, they are fighting like us for the points. Each game is a new story and you have to create the conditions for it to be another good story for us.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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