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Fulham coach Marco Silva: We were the best team on the pitch

last updated Tuesday 27th December 2022, 10:12 AM

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Fulham coach Marco Silva
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Fulham coach Marco Silva believes 3-0 was a valid full-time score following Fulham’s efforts at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace ended the match with nine players on the pitch after having Tyrick Mitchell and James Tomkins sent off in either half, but the Whites were dominant long before that.

“We had a plan and the players stuck really well to the plan,” Silva explained. “We were brave from the first minute.

“We knew before the match how they have been strong at home. I think their home record speaks for itself. The last three games at home, they won all of them in a row.

“And you know when they have players like [Wilfried] Zaha, if you don't control their attack line really well, if you don't press them from the first minute, with good organisation and being really aggressive, it will be tough for you.

“I think we were the best team on the pitch from the first minute, the way we start to control the game.

“Until the first goal, it was clear we were the best team on the pitch. And after the red card, we controlled and we show the maturity that you have to play at this level against these type of sides.

“Our speech during the half-time was to try to score the second goal as quick as we can, because we knew that all their belief and their energy will go down if we scored the second goal.

“Until then, they keep believing because in one counter-attack, in one set-piece, they can equalise the game, with players like Zaha, again, they can do something, or in one individual moment from [Ebere] Eze. And I think our central defenders dealt really well with that situation.

“Of course, after the second goal we almost killed the game and we controlled the game. We got another one, with more chances to score, but I think we deserved it as we were clearly the best team on the pitch.”

Tributes were paid to the late, great George Cohen ahead of kick-off, and Silva knew the importance of honouring the Fulham legend through a strong display.

“Sad week for us as a football club,” he stated. “The Fulham family lost one of the best, if not the best, and greatest players from this football club. Not just on the pitch, but off the pitch he had this connection with the community as well.

“It was such a sad week for us, of course, and the last few days all our thoughts were with his family, and with him as well.

“We mentioned with the players how it was important for us to perform, in our way, with our identity, and how that will be important for us as a football club, and for our fans as well.”

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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