Fulham boss explains why it was Fulham’s obligation to beat Chelsea

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Fulham boss Marco Silva has claimed it was Fulham’s obligation to beat Chelsea following Joao Felix’s red card against Fulham.

Silva told BBC Sport: “Great, great night for the fans, I think the last 15-20 years has been tough in all these derbies against Chelsea their superiority has been huge.

“I think 16 years without a win against them so this is a great feeling for them. We want to make them proud and have good feelings we just ask them to be behind us every single time and they were today definitely.

“It was a tough match, I said it would be a special match, even if they are on a bad run they are still; Chelsea and they showed that at the start of the game. I have to give credit to our players after the first 15 minutes they adjusted and didn’t give Joao Felix and Mason Mount space in behind the fullbacks where they wanted to run.

“It was a good first-half form ourselves, second-half we started the worst way possible and gave them a boost. Of course they started to created more problems for us until the red card. And then it was our obligation to win.

“When I say that, we knew they could create problems for us if we switched off and that was what happened in the last minute with a long ball in behind at the end and they had a clear chance to score.”