Aleksandar Mitrovic credited Marco Silva for Fulham’s never say die attitude after his last-minute goal clinched a dramatic derby victory over Brentford.
The Serbian striker headed home a terrific cross from substitute Kevin Mbabu to break Bees’ heads after Thomas Frank’s side had launched a stirring fightback having gone 2-0 down in twenty minutes at Craven Cottage. Mitrovic told Sky Sports after the final whistle:
“It is an amazing feeling. I think it was a good derby day. A lot of goals, turnovers and in the end we managed to get the win. We made it difficult for ourselves. We had good thirty five minutes in the first half, then we stopped the tempo. They were coming, they scored goals. In the end, I managed to get a goal. To be honest, I missed a couple of chances but I kept calm, stay in the game and managed to get the goal.
Mitrovic, who now three goals in three games this season, admitted that it looked like Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, who made two superb saves in the second half, was likely to stop him from getting on the scoresheet.
He made it so hard for me for today. I missed a couple of chances. They were a lot of up and downs – the story of my life I could say! But you know, I never give up, I believed one ball would come. If the ball comes, I need to be ready. That’s what happened. Stay calm, keep believing. It was a great cross, a good header and a big three points for us. The first win this season.
Fulham’s talismanic number nine believes there is a big difference between this Fulham side – unbeaten after three games – and the ones that he played in previously, which rather wilted on promotion to the top flight.
I said a lot of times that the manager has I can say changed the club, changed the way we play, changed the way we believe and we never give up. We showed today, we started good, then we concede two goals but in the end we managed to get three points. We believed to the end and I think today we deserved the points.