Marco Silva was delighted that Fulham recovered from conceding a second half equaliser to go on and convincingly win the West London derby at Craven Cottage this afternoon.
QPR substitute Lyndon Dykes cancelled out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s opener within nine minutes of coming on at half time, but Fulham produced the perfect response to ruthlessly dispatch their local rivals – with Mitrovic, Decordova-Reid and Antonee Robinson adding further goals as the Whites romped to a 4-1 win.
Silva told his post-match press conference that he was pleased with Fulham’s reaction following a disappointing defeat in similar circumstances at Coventry City a fortnight ago.
“An important result for us. The way we are winning it is important as well, pleased to see a good reaction from ourselves. We spoke the last few days when I had all the squad together about what happened about the last game, how we should and must react about the adversity that can happen in a game.
I had short conversation with them at the end of the match, congratulations for the result, commitment, attitude. Ok this is what we should do when something goes wrong, adversity, mistakes from ourselves, or someone else, because against Coventry it was ourselves and the referee which changed completely the direction of the game with that penalty.
But we should react in a different way, and we did this afternoon, and I was pleased to see it. Going home with that good feeling of winning a derby for our fans as well, pleased to see the smiles on their faces at the end of the match.”
Silva also felt that a tactical switch, moving Bobby Decordova-Reid into the number ten role after QPR’s equaliser, held the key to tilting what had become a tight contest Fulham’s way.
“We changed the position of Harry and Bobby at 1-1, we tried to put Harry wide and Bobby inside to improve our first pressure. It wasn’t good in that first moment but straight away we pressed higher and better as well. We found the right moments to cause them problems.”