Fulham head coach was far from surprised that his side found it difficult to stop Manchester City from strutting their stuff on a sunkissed Craven Cottage this afternoon – but he was disappointed with some of his side’s defending.

The Whites were beaten 4-0 in their final home game of the season – after conceding a brace to defender Josko Gvardiol, with Phil Foden scoring the crucial second during a period of Fulham pressure just before the hour mark. Substitute Julian Alvarez sent Bernd Leno the wrong way from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time after Issa Diop had been sent off.

Silva told his post-match press conference:

“It was a tough game as we expected. Like for all the teams who have played against this City side at their best, it’s always really tough. We started the game really well, with a plan to mix up the position of Bobby De Cordova-Reid a bit. From our point of view, [we had] some good transitions in that period. As always, goals play a big part in football matches, and this afternoon is a good example of that, the way we conceded almost all four goals. Of course, credit for City and all that stuff, but we have to do much better for almost all the four goals.

The first was a simple combination from Gvardiol in that situation – the pass and goal we have to defend much better, we have to be more aggressive. And the second as well. Okay, a little bit lucky after a good tackle from João.

The second goal killed the game. [It came] probably during our best period. We had a good chance with Rodrigo Muniz from an Adama Traore cross before the second goal. They scored, and the third and the fourth more or less the same situation. We conceded a soft set-piece goal and an unnecessary penalty when we have been really, really solid in defensive set-pieces so far this season. Conceding goals like that against a top side like City, of course makes it much more difficult for us, and this is what’s happened in the game.”