Fulham boss Silva delighted with response in 4-1 win over QPR

BY NICK KITUNO

Marco Silva praised Fulham’s response as they bounced back from a chastening Championship defeat last time out to thrash rivals Queens Park Rangers to keep up their promotion hopes.

The Whites were on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat to high-flying Coventry City before the international break, but responded quickly when Aleksandar Mitrovic drew first blood after just 10 minutes.

Fulham could have gone further ahead before half-time, but could not take their chances as Lyndon Dykes came off the bench to draw the R’s level after 55 minutes.

Mitrovic fired back to grab a brace, when he glanced a header in off the post, on 67 minutes before substitutes Bobby Decordova-Reid and Antonee Robinson ensured all three points.

Silva’s side has now won three of their last five league games as they seek to climb into the automatic promotion places.

He said: “It was an important result for us, the way are were winning it is important as well. Pleased to see, a good reaction from ourselves.

“We spoke the last few days, when I had all the squad together, Bobby [Decordova-Reid] arrived yesterday, we spoke about what happened last game and how we should react for the adversity that can happen in a game.

Fulham vs QPR, 16th October 2021, Skybet Championship

“Sometimes from our faults, sometimes it’s the fault of someone else, and I was pleased to see, first, the way we started the game. Congratulations to our players and for our fans as well.

“It was good to score in our stadium as well after a bad result, the way that they [the fans] welcomed us in the beginning of the match, the way they pushed the team up as well, was really important and we started winning in that moment, in my opinion.

“The first 25 minutes we started well, we scored a goal and after we had two or three shots that we should have scored the second and be a little bit more comfortable during the match.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t start the second half the way we wanted to. It was the only thing I took from the game that I didn’t like to, but after that [it was] a fantastic reaction from ourselves for the adversity, scoring three goals, deserving to win the match.

“Of course, after we score the 2-1, and the boost in our confidence, we scored the third and the fourth and we controlled the game until the end.

“Second half, they had the goal and [we gave] no chances to them, and of course, we deserved the three points.”

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