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Fulham coach Marco Silva says Fulham were best team

last updated Monday 01st January 2024, 11:34 AM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Fulham coach Marco Silva believes Fulham’s victory over Arsenal was a fair reflection of his side’s performance.

The Whites fell behind to an early Bukayo Saka goal, but went on to deliver a sterling display to turn things around courtesy of Raul Jimenez and Bobby De Cordova-Reid goals.

“Overall, I think we were the best side on the pitch,” Silva said. “After conceding the early goal against a team like Arsenal, it shows it’s a team that knows really what we wanted from the match, showing the character and the personality to turn it for us.

“The way after that we reacted, the way we played first half was a very, very good level. We mixed our game well, there were moments to start from the back when we beat their pressure, as we know that Arsenal is really strong when they press really high.

“And the way we did it, mixing some moments with going more direct with Raul, other moments with quality from the back, and when our equalising goal came it was more than fair because they were great moments from ourselves, a very good goal from ourselves, and we deserved it clearly.

“Arsenal had some moments around our box as well, one or two good chances, we had one or two good ones as well.

“Second half, our block was a little bit more low, Arsenal obligated us in the first minutes to go to bit more low, but we controlled really well. I don't remember one chance for Arsenal second half, the way we controlled so well.

“We score from a set-piece, we had more chances, we hit the crossbar, and overall I agree that we were the best team on the pitch and deserved the three points.

“And we deserve the praise because the way they reacted from the early goal and the way they did it was really, really good.”

Fulham have been close to a number of scalps against the Premier League’s elite recently, without getting over the line, so Silva was naturally delighted to end the calendar year in such a fashion.

“It's really important and, to be honest, in 2023, I think we have been deserving this type of result against top sides, because we have been really so, so close in some moments to getting one – for many reasons, sometimes our fault, sometimes their quality as well, because the details play always a big part in it.

“Of course, it’s the best way to finish the year. 2023 has been a great year for Fulham Football Club – the way we did it last season, the way we have been achieving important stages of the FA Cup or Carabao Cup. And for us it was really important to finish on a high.

“We spoke before the match that clearly it was our ambition to finish on a high. The players deserve it for all the work they have been doing, our fans deserve it as well, but overall the Club deserves to finish on a high. “It in the best way really – to play against a top side, a title contender. And to do it at the Cottage is the perfect afternoon for us.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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