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Marco Silva admitted Fulham’s performance was rather rough and ready at Bristol City this afternoon but the Portuguese head coach was delighted to make it into the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to Harry Wilson’s winner in extra time.

Silva, whose side have had to wait nearly three weeks for a taste of competitive football after a succession of coronavirus-related postponements, praised his players for their fortitude during his post-match press conference at Ashton Gate.

“We achieved the main goal for us, to keep playing in this competition. We give this competition all the respect it deserves. We had some problems during the last few weeks in preparation for the game, unfortunately for us we’ve not played football for a long time.”

“We knew it would be a tough game for us and them. We had a longer break and it showed to me during the match, some players struggled a little bit to keep playing in the high intensity 120 minutes. It was a typical FA Cup match, both teams trying to stay in the competition.

There were chances for both teams to score. In one moment of the second half they had a little bit more control of the game and they had some chances. In extra time we were much better and we scored. We had chances, they had chances as well and of course we are happy with the result.”

The impact of this victory and Middlesbrough’s win over Mansfield in one of the other early kick-offs means that there will be further disruption to Fulham’s league campaign, but the Portuguese head coach insisted his side will prepare for every eventuality.

“It will be tough to schedule the games for us because we didn’t request to postpone any games, but the reality is that the last three were postponed. Even with some COVID cases we didn’t request that because we knew what was to come – every three days we will play a football match. Now with the next FA Cup match, we’ll have to find another date for the Middlesbrough match as well. But it is the reality – something we can’t control unfortunately – and we have to prepare our players in the best way we can.”