Marco Silva saluted his ‘fantastic’ Fulham side’s battling qualities after they recovered from letting a two-goal slip to beat Brentford – but still wants more improvement from his unbeaten outfit.

The Whites have drawn with Liverpool and Wolves and looked set for another stalemate, despite surging in a 2-0 lead in the derby early in the first half, before Aleksandar Mitrovic headed in a 90th minute winner to ruin Brentford’s comeback. Silva shared his delight at Fulham’s first win during his post-match press conference, but believes there are more complete performances to come.

“We believe in ourselves, our philosophy and in our way. It’s the most difficult and best league in the world. But once you’re here you have to challenge, you have to embrace the challenge.

We know there will be good moments and bad moments, and we have to keep reacting. We’re pleased with how we’ve started the season, but we could even have had and obviously would have wanted more points.

It’s a great afternoon for us. They fought back very well into the game, but after they equalised we started to play our way again, and to command the game again. It was a great goal at the end to win the game. We kept calm and fought back into it.

We deserved the points; overall we were the best team. I think we had the best chances to score, I’m really pleased for the players. I’m happy and proud of the team.

t’s not easy when you’re winning 2-0 and let that slip to be able to come back again. The most important thing today was the reaction: the belief in ourselves to go again. I’m really pleased to see that.”