An angry Marco Silva condemned Fulham’s lack of fight as the Whites shipped three first half goals to lose a second London derby in the space of six days to league leaders Arsenal at Craven Cottage this afternoon.

The Gunners dominated from the outset and raced into an unassailable lead before the break through goals from Gabriel Magalhaes, Gabriel Martenelli and Martin Odegaard. The Portuguese head coach told his post-match press conference that he was shocked by Fulham’s lack of desire after a similarly sluggish start at Brentford on Monday night:

“Clearly, Arsenal deserved the three points. [In the] first half, we were on the pitch, but in some moments looked like we weren’t. Too soft, not brave enough, completely not aggressive off the ball, let them play in the way they wanted, and we didn’t disturb them as much as we should have done.

We were soft for all the goals, we were soft in all the first half. First goal, how they scored, the second goal, how they scored, and even the third after the throw-in for us was completely our fault. It’s difficult to understand. Of course, we’re going to analyse and we have to understand, and for sure the players are going to understand, because they don’t have another solution, they are going to understand for sure.

After last Monday night, we analysed and we were expecting something completely different. Unfortunately for us, first half was even worse than Monday against Brentford. The first thing that I said [at half time] was we have to wake up, because if you don’t wake up it will be even worse in the second half, because what we did first half is really clearly under our standards and what we should do.

[The] second half was slightly different, even if we were already losing 3-0 – more threat in our attack, we created more chances, we were more brave, more aggressive in some moments. At least we expressed ourselves more on the pitch second half.

Silva explained that Fulham were forced into a late change to their starting line-up with Bobby Decordova-Reid coming in to replace Willian, after the former Arsenal winger reported back pain in the minutes before the teamsheet was due to be handed in.

“Willian had a tough week. [In the] last game he felt his hamstring a bit, but nothing really serious. We assessed him during the week, and the last two days he felt something in his back. He was supposed to start the game this afternoon but he felt pain in his back. We tried, he was with us until the last minute, but we decided he was not in a position to start.”