Marco Silva hailed Bobby Decordova-Reid’s desire to help his team-mates after revealing Fulham’s Mr. Versatile fought off illness to start the SW6 derby victory on Thursday night.

The Jamaican international, used as a right back, number ten and on both wings by Silva over the past two seasons, played more than an hour as the Whites recorded their first victory over Chelsea in seventeen years thanks to Carlos Vinicius second half header. But Silva told the Mail Online’s Jack Kelly that the 29 year-old’s participation in the derby was in doubt 24 hours before kick off:

“He had a tough night the day before the Chelsea game. He was a little bit unwell. He still managed to play 65 minutes. Bobby has already played three or four different positions for me. Even against Chelsea, he was our plan B as a striker. Bobby is a really good example. Even to make some changes in the game, to prepare for the game if you have a certain number of players on the pitch who can help me make different decisions during the game.”

Decordova-Reid, who extended his contract at Craven Cottage until 2024 last week, has scored four goals and assisted another one in nineteen appearances for the Whites this season. He was pivotal to the victory over Chelsea that lifted Silva’s side into sixth, pressurising Lewis Hall into a mistake that led to Fulham’s first goal and was unfortunate not to score himself – striking the crossbar with a rising drive.