Marco Silva professed himself pleased as Fulham returned to winning ways after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s hat trick saw off Swansea City at Craven Cottage tonight.
The Whites, who were beaten by Reading at home last weekend before going out of the League Cup on penalties and drawing with Bristol City, moved up to third in the Championship table after the Serbian striker’s treble put them in a commanding position against the Swans. Silva told his post-match press conference:
“I am happy with the result. It was a very good first half from ourselves. In the first half we did so well, the way we beat the pressure, the way we analyse the actions. In our offensive transition as well, counter attacks, we had two fantastic moments, Bobby missed a big chance and the third goal from Mitro was our most perfect offensive transition. The way we built our attacks was really, really good. We knew that they like to press high. Without the ball, good organisation was a big part of the first half.”
The Fulham boss conceded that Joe Bryan’s injury affected their flowing football in the second half, but he was pleased with the way his side adapted to a change in formation.
“Unfortunately second half was different. We had one injury yesterday, we missed Robinson with an issue with his knee. Tonight was Joe Bryan. Without left-backs on the bench, we changed the formation and managed the game in a different way, not so much with the ball like we like, but we showed a good organisation and managed the game. The game was more balanced in the second half than the first. We deserved clearly to win the three points, we were the best team on the pitch.”