Marco Silva was pleased that Fulham kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win against Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon.
A Fabio Carvalho first-half strike was enough to beat the Addicks in both teams’ final pre-season outing, before their respective seasons get underway on August 7.
Silva told Fulham’s club website: “It was a good way to end pre-season. Not just because we won the game – that is always important – but keeping a clean sheet is even more important.
“It’s really important for us a team we have the feeling after the match that we didn’t concede. That means we did our jobs off the ball.
“The goal we scored was a good example of the moves that we asked them to do in training, and they did. It gives confidence to our players and they are doing their best.
“It’s always important to win a football match – it gives our players confidence. It’s our first match at Craven Cottage and it’s important to get used to playing with the fans in the stadium and next week, there will be more people inside the stadium and that will be a big help for us.”
Silva was impressed with the displays of two youngsters – Carvalho, 18, and 21-year-old Australian, Tyrese Francois.
“Fabio played some Premier League games last season,” he said. “Maybe many people expect to see Fabio playing well and not Francois, but Francois is doing really well.
“Every single day, he is improving. He is getting his chances, getting more minutes in his legs, and he had a very good game this afternoon. They did well, and not just today to be honest.
“For me it’s the same if you are 18, 19 or 30. You get the chance and they got it and they are doing well. Fabio is a good example, and Francois as well.”
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