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Fulham manager Silva: 2-goal Pereira followed instructions perfectly

Fulham manager Marco Silva lavished praise on attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira.

The Brazilian scored twice in an impressive 2-0 win away from home against West Ham United.

Despite being the underdogs ahead of the game, Fulham took the game to their opponents and claimed a vital win for their top half ambitions.

“This afternoon, the plan was clear for him," manager Silva stated about Pereira post-game.

“We said for him to never be behind the two midfielders from West Ham, we wanted him always in the pockets in between the lines.

“About him arriving more in certain areas, it's something that we have demanded from him.

“Before Andreas joined our football club, he was playing much more as a second midfielder, at Man United in some moments, sometimes as a wide player as well, in the other spells that he had around Europe as well, even in Flamengo in Brazil he played always as a second midfielder.

“Since he joined ourselves, he has been clearly in a different line, much more as an offensive midfielder there in the pockets, and that is something that we have been working with him on, to arrive more in certain positions.

“He's probably one of the players in this league with more assists and all that stuff, he's really strong in set-pieces, too. In our team he's clearly a player with more assists, [but] sometimes you have to be more decisive when you play in that role in the team, score more goals as well.

“And I'm really pleased to see him arrive in certain areas that are important, the way he believed in the first goal that the second ball would come for him, and of course the composure in that finish was really good.

“And the way he arrived inside the box for the second goal, really pleased to see, because it's something that we demand from them and we push them to do it, but of course when the things are happening in the game, it makes them believe more and for sure it's going to be important for Andreas."

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