Marco Silva has lamented his team’s lack of aggression in their defeat to Fulham.
Silva told Sky Sports: “It was a disappointing result and a disappointing performance. I didn’t expect this because we’ve been on a good run, and we’ve been in good confidence also. We knew it would be difficult playing here. Fulham played with character to achieve something for them, and they were more aggressive and faster than us. We didn’t perform in the way we needed to in order to win the match.”
“I expected them [to play with pride] and it’s what I expected from my players too. All of us inside the dressing room knew this.”
Silva was unimpressed by the antics from the hosts in slowing down the match, and added: “We didn’t play football. If everyone came here to watch football, the second half was not a football match.
“There was a lot of stoppages, a lot of playing on the pitch – maybe eight, nine, 10 times the medical staff went onto the pitch, and each five minutes the game was stopped. This is why I say it was not a football game.
“But we didn’t perform the way we wanted to. We produced three fantastic games, but we did not produce a performance today that was at the right level for our club.”