Marco Silva heaped praise on Fabio Carvalho after the talented teenager inspired Fulham to victory over Millwall at the New Den tonight.
Carvalho, who has seamlessly stepped into injured Tom Cairney’s number ten role at the start of the Championship campaign, made the opening goal for Aleksandar Mitrovic and added a sublime second as the Whites stormed into a two-goal inside eight minutes in south east London this evening. Silva praised the playmaker’s peerless performance in his post-match press conference after Fulham held off a late Millwall rally sparked by Benik Afobe’s late strike.
“Carvalho was fantastic. It is something he has been doing since pre-season. He started well against Boro, but it is not just him. I see the team playing better achieving better things and becoming more confident and consistent.
“But he was fantastic in the second half, he was fresh, and it wasn’t just with the ball as well, he did everything we asked him to do, but he is 18 and still learning as a player. It is up to me to give him the right information and important for him to keep his feet on the floor as it is long journey for him.
The Portuguese head coach was delighted with the way his side dealt with the challenge posed by Millwall, who had been unbeaten before this London derby.
“We dominated all the game, we didn’t give them chances in our box and and created enough chances to score a third, a fourth or a fifth. You know it will be very difficult to play Millwall with this crowd and how they played but our asked them to show our quality, character and quality – and congratulations to our players.”