Silva praises players after Fulham victory

Marco Silva paid tribute to his Fulham players after their hard-fought 2-1 win over Brighton – and said the club is still working on adding to the squad before the end of the transfer window.

The Whites prevailed at Craven Cottage, thanks to a second-half strike by Aleksandar Mitrovic plus an own goal by Seagulls skipper Lewis Dunk. Alexis MacAllister replied from the penalty spot for Brighton.

“It was a great result and three points for us against a very tough team. They deserved the points and created so many chances,” said head coach Silva.

“We had a clear plan to control them and had a few difficulties at the end of the first half, but the goal (by Mitrovic) gave us the belief and confidence we needed. There was unbelievable work by the team and we were in control.”

Mitrovic again caused havoc for the Whites – and Silva was delighted with the club’s popular Serbian striker.

“He is unbelievable with the belief he has in the box to score,” he added. “I have no doubts about the goals he will score. He is completely connected with the team.”

Fulham have added five players – Bernd Leno, Andreas Pereira, Kevin Mbabu, Joao Palhinha and Isaa Diop so far this summer – but Silva hopes more will follow into Craven Cottage before the transfer window closes on Thursday evening.

He said: “The last few hours I haven’t spoken to our board but I know we are working hard on it. It is not important to talk about numbers (of players coming in) but we are working on it.”