"I have to congratulate our players": Key quotes from Marco Silva's post-Blackburn press conference
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It's now three wins on the bounce for Fulham after the Championship pace-setters dispatched fellow promotion chasers Blackburn Rovers on home turf in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

Neeskens Kebano capitalised on goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski's error to put the hosts a goal to the good after 25 minutes, and Harry Wilson rounded off the scoring with a delightful dink over Kaminski to put Fulham in a position of control which they wouldn't surrender.

Head coach Marco Silva addressed the media after the match — these were his most noteworthy quotes.

On the first-half

The opening exchanges were tense and tight — hardly surprising for an encounter between two sides eager to secure promotion to the Premier League — but Fulham soon found their footing and.

Two goals in 10 minutes set them on their way and dealt Blackburn an almost impossible task. Silva was delighted with how his side approached the opening 45 minutes in particular.

"Firstly, I have to congratulate our players — good three points against a contender," he said. "Very good first-half from us, we found spaces and created chances. We always controlled the same and were on the front foot. We deserved the 2-0 score at half-time."

On the second-half

Blackburn grew into the contest after the break, showing glimpses of quality which threatened the comfort of Fulham's advantage. They even had the ball in the net with just under half an hour remaining, but Sam Gallagher's tap home was ruled out for offside to the relief of Silva and his players.

The head coach was adamant that Fulham could have shown more in the second period.

"In the second-half we didn't control the game the way we should have and moved the ball a little slowly," said Silva. "In some moments we needed to calm our game to control the ball. We excepted a reaction [from Blackburn] but we were clearly the best team on the pitch and deserved the three points."

On Neco Williams

One of the major positives on a pivotal day for Fulham was the performance of on-loan right-back Neco Williams. The Liverpool loanee has two assists to his name since joining in the January window and continued his fine form here.

He's taken to Silva's set-up like a duck to water, and the head coach is particularly pleased with the partnership Williams is forming with his compatriot Wilson down the right-hand flank.

"It would have been a fantastic goal, only capable by players in my opinion of high quality. He's settled in really well, he's always open to learn and knows how to work really hard. He's helping us and had a very good game. The connection he's creating with Harry is always improving."

On future prospects

It was certainly a positive result, and beating a side who remain serious contenders to promotion in order to extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points is a mightily impressive feat.

Nonetheless, Silva wasn't getting ahead of himself, insisting there is still work to be done for the Whites to get over the line.

"It was not a final at all today," he asserted. "We cannot switch off in this competition: now we play three games in seven days away from home. If we switch off in this league, you'll have a big surprise waiting. But we should embrace the challenge and we have an aim, a clear aim."