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Marco Silva conceded Fulham didn’t deserve anything from the trip to Blackpool as the Whites’ unbeaten start to the season went up in smoke at Bloomfield Road.

Josh Bowler’s fine individual strike early in the second half handed the home side their first league win of the campaign – and Blackpool were fully deserving of all three points. Silva told his post-match press conference:

“First, congratulations to Blackpool. We didn’t have a good enough performance from ourselves to win the game. If you look at the chances, the game was balanced, more control from ourselves as normal, but we didn’t create enough chances and we didn’t perform in the way we needed to in this football match, that is the truth. We will now analyse why those things happened, why we started the game slow, why our build-up was so slow this afternoon.

“We have to play faster with more intensity to create the chances. Three or four times in the first half we created the chances, but we have to be more consistent during the game and not make mistakes like we did this afternoon.”

“We won’t make excuses, because if you want to have international players you know the schedule as well, and we have to go and challenge in the match. I’m not thinking about the international break. We must do more during the game, and it’s not because of that. Some players arrived midway through the week, some a little bit later, but that’s part of the game. If I decided to play some of them it’s because I felt they were ready.”