A disconsolate Marco Silva admitted that a second successive stoppage-time defeat at the hands of Mancunian opposition stung after Alejandro Gamarcho’s last-gasp winner stole the points for Manchester United at Craven Cottage.

The Fulham head coach told his post-match press conference:

“Of course it’s really tough to take. Twice in seven days for us with a late goal, and losing the chance to add more points for our table and for the performance that we have been playing. It’s really tough to take, but this one is different [to City] because I think we were the best team on the pitch and we deserved much more from the game, definitely. Last week was slightly different.

From the first minute [today], the way we tried, the way we played, much better second half but even in the first half we were sharp. I said during the half-time that we should improve on the things that we haven’t done so well during the first half. Our second half was even better than the first one.

We did it well, we created chances, we equalised the game and then unfortunately we conceded a goal in a moment when we wanted to score the second but the moment was under control. The way they scored a second goal is really tough to take, because it’s the Premier League you know, and you don’t want to switch off and they punish you.

I think that our boys, for sure, they don’t deserve it.  Our fans as well, the crowd was always there helping us. Football is cruel sometimes, but I know that I said last week, and I will repeat again, we have to learn from these type of moments because we are playing Premier League and these type of things happen if you switch off in some moments of the game.”