Marco Silva backs his side to improve after goalless draw against Wolves
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Max Kilman (R) of Wolverhampton Wanderers holds off Aleksandar Mitrovic during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham FC at Molineux on August 13, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Marco Silva was left frustrated after his Fulham side played out a 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wonderers, though noted that there were still positives to be taken from the Cottagers' first away trip of the season.

There was not a whole lot of action at Molineux, with the hosts choosing to focus on their defensive solidity rather than pushing a multitude of players forward, meaning little space for Fulham to play into.

The best chance the visitors had to get a goal came from the penalty spot, with Aleksander Mitrovic seeing his effort saved by Jose Sa, in a disappointing change from the two goals he managed last weekend against Liverpool.

In the end, for the newly-promoted side to remain unbeaten after two tough opening games is certainly not to be sniffed at, though there is a sense that Fulham ought to have taken more from both games.

On Aleksander Mitrovic

The biggest moment of the match came with a little under 10 minutes to go from full time, when the Cottagers' star striker Mitrovic stepped up to take on the responsibility from 12 yards after Bobby Decordova-Reid was taken down in the box by Ryan Ait-Nouri.

The Serbian striker, undoubtedly full of confidence after a brace on the opening day, produced a weak penalty, hitting it straight down the middle, which allowed Sa to keep the scores level.

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Yet that has not altered Marco Silva's perception of the player who broke the record for goals scored in a single Championship season last year, with the head coach stating misses are "part of the game".

"Mitro knows that the next penalty will be there, the next penalty he will take, and the next penalty he will score. Last week he had one and he scored, this afternoon he could be the moment for us to win the game, but OK, it's part of our job."

"It's part of Mitro's job as well and we have to keep working with him. I will not miss, for sure, because I do not take penalties, but it's part of the life of a football player. Next time he will score."

On what went wrong

Although they may not have been favourites ahead of this game, based on the performance they put in there is an argument to suggest that Fulham could have, and perhaps should have, taken more from the match.

Silva commented on his side's performance, saying: "First half, our first press was not at the level it should be. They [Wolves] started to command the game as we failed a little bit with our first press."

He continued: "Their midfielders played without pressure the first 25 minutes and started to play inside our block, something we didn't want. We controlled the game more or less, but on the ball we have to do much better."

On the positives

That said, it was not all doom and gloom for the head coach, with there being signs that Fulham have the potential to defy many people's expectations that they might go straight back down to the Championship this season.

Having held their own against two high quality sides in the top flight, the west London team have proven that they are not simply going to roll over in the face of a challenge, putting out a showing that Marco Silva was proud of.

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"We showed very good organisation for the most part of the game, the togetherness, playing for each other, fighting for each other," the head coach said.

"In the last moments of the game we showed maturity as well, which was important. Clean sheet is always important to have as well, and we have to go again."