Fulham boss Marco Silva heralded an ‘important win’ after his side came from behind to win a see saw encounter at Stoke this afternoon and stretch their lead at the top of the Championship to eight points.

The league leaders, without the services of top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic and the division’s highest assister Harry Wilson, responded well to the shock of going behind in the first minute. Brazilian forward Rodrigo Muniz replied immediately and put Fulham ahead before half time before Bobby Decordova-Reid thumped in the winner after Lewis Baker’s long-ranger had pulled the Potters level.

Silva told his post-match press conference:

“It was a really important win for us, really really important. Against Stoke here is really tough, really tough to play here. We knew before the match they would be a tough team to play against with quality, they can create a lot of problems for the opposition side.

Our players showed big character, good movement, fantastic goals again. I have to congratulate them, I’m proud of them. We gave a fantastic answer again. You have to give it week in week out. We know from the start of the season that our strengths come from the collective, not one or two players. We did that again without our two top scorers, two key players for us.

Perhaps everyone was waiting for Fulham not to win but our collective idea was there again, produced again. The players who came in did fantastic in a tough game. Stoke did well and created problems. It was a fantastic atmosphere and they pushed the team back. I’m really pleased for our players.”