Fulham manager Marco Silva has insisted that he believes that his players have what it takes to overcome their recent slump in form in the Championship.
The Cottagers would have been hoping to get back to winning ways in their showdown with Sheffield United in the second-tier last night after drawing their previous four league fixtures.
However, despite having 71% possession during this clash, Fulham were unable to break down a resilient Blades side who opened the scoring in spectacular fashion at Craven Cottage.
Iliman Ndiaye received the ball in his own half and then embarked on a powerful solo run which culminated in him firing past goalkeeper Marek Rodak from the edge of the box.
Neeskens Kebano went close to levelling proceedings before the break whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic’s strike in the closing stages of the game hit the bar.
As a result of this defeat, Fulham missed out on the opportunity to extend their advantage at the top of the Championship standings to five points.
Making reference to his side’s setback, Silva has admitted that he believes that his players will be able to deliver a response when Fulham face Birmingham City on Boxing Day.
Speaking in his post-match press conference (as cited by Fulham’s official website), Silva said: “The players have my feedback.
“We’ll analyse more in the next few days and the things we should improve for the next game.
“Nobody wins or loses anything in the middle of the season.
“We had a really bad evening, but we’re more than capable to change the situation because we have the capability to do it.”
Although it was always going to be difficult for Fulham to maintain their consistency at this level due to the competitiveness that the Championship is famed for, it is important that they bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to the Blades as soon as possible.
Blackburn Rovers, who are third in the second-tier standings, have managed to close the gap between them and the Cottagers to three points whilst West Bromwich Albion are also within striking distance of the automatic promotion places.
Considering that both of these sides will be looking to move above Fulham in the table in the coming weeks, Silva’s side cannot afford to dwell on their latest Championship display.
Currently able to call upon the services of Mitrovic, Harry Wilson and Tom Cairney who have all demonstrated in recent years that they are capable of setting this division alight, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if Fulham get back on track on Sunday by defeating Birmingham at Craven Cottage.