Marco Silva apologised to the travelling Fulham fans after his side surrendered an early lead to lose 4-1 at Coventry this afternoon.

The Fulham head coach was furious with his side’s lack of application in the second half having warned the Whites that a home response was coming after Kyle McFadzean’s own goal had put the Londoners a goal to the good at the break. The Sky Blues scored four goals in the space of fifteen minutes to record a sixth straight win at home.

Speaking after the final whistle, Silva told FFCTV:

“First, I have to apologise to our fans. They came here in good numbers again, they tried to support us, at least to see us trying to win the game. In the second half, everything we did was wrong. It was a balanced game in the first half. They started well like we expected, but after we scored I think we controlled the game with some good moments.

“We spoke at half time to start in a different way in the second half because we expected a reaction from them. After that, we gave everything to them. We have to be clear in analysing the game and look deeper to analyse some things about the way the players reacted. Even if it is not a penalty, we have to show our own character and our own personality. You can work on the right mindset, but you have to show it on the pitch as well. It is something that we missed this afternoon. Our second half was really, really bad.

The Fulham boss rejected any suggestion that a hectic Championship schedule could have had anything to do with Fulham’s performance, pointing out that Coventry also played on Wednesday.

“I’m not the guy to try to find excuses for everything. We even tried to put some fresh legs in the side because we expected a tough game. We changed three players to put in some fresh legs – it is not because of that. It is not an excuse. It is not worth taking about.”