Marco Silva believes Fulham have enjoyed another ‘great season’ in the Premier League – but admitted it was ‘difficult’ to reach a realistic assessment of the campaign so soon after his side had been hammered by Manchester City.

The Whites have won just one of their last eight league games but the Portuguese head coach deserves great credit for ensuring that Fulham were safe by March despite losing the services of prolific striker Aleksandar Mitrovic early in the campaign.

Silva told his post-match press conference:

“It has been a great season for us, but it is very difficult for me to talk about that when we have had a heavy defeat at home and the mood is not great. But if you have to look across the season it has been very good for us and successful again. When you look back to last summer and all the Premier League sides, how many had to sell their main striker?

That is what happened to ourselves, we were not able to go in the market and replace him really strongly, for many reasons. We used players from within our squad and managed to get Rodrigo Muniz to score goals at this level and made three or four good signings who made an impact.

I have to say when we play at our best level we are fantastic to see and enjoy and sometimes I enjoy watching my team play football and we have had some fantastic performances at home.”