Marco Silva said referee Chris Kavanagh was ’embarassed’ by the VAR decision to allow Gianluca Scamacca’s goal – despite the ball appearing to strike the Italian’s hand and elbow – before he lobbed Bernd Leno.

The Fulham head coach was furious that the officials missed both that handball and one in stoppage time that saw Michail Antonio finally end his side’s brave challenge at the London Stadium.

“It’s another clear handball from Antonio for the third goal. It’s tough to understand but I don’t want to talk about the referee because I know I would not be on the bench for the next game, and I want to be on the bench for the next game with my players to embrace another challenge. I told my players that these things unfortunately can happen and we have to show more maturity to deal with some situations of the game, when the pressure is coming higher.

The penalty moment is a good example, when the referee spoke with Andreas. Let’s hope this type of situation, when blocks happen in the opposition box, will come some penalties for us. I hope. It’s tough for the referee. He was so embarrassed, like myself, when he saw it on the screen.

It’s difficult for him to say something more. The decision came from VAR and he has to respect that decision. But I saw on his face when I spoke to him after the match, he was embarrassed, because he saw on the screen like I and everyone saw. It is what it is, it’s something that we can’t control. We have to keep working hard, we know it will not be an easy journey for us. Let’s hope the next few weeks at least the decisions are more balanced for both teams.”