Post-Match Reaction With Marco Silva

Needing a positive result to take the fight for survival down to the final week of the season, Silva’s side was beaten 4-0 at Crystal Palace and conceded the opening goal inside three minutes.

Asked what went wrong on the day, Silva replied simply: “The first three minutes. Everything changes after that. There was time to react, but we didn’t.

“We gave our opponent a 1-0 lead and after that everything becomes difficult. It was a bad mistake, and after Crystal Palace could play the game as they wanted to.

“We were too slow in possession. Then Crystal Palace win one corner and score again. When we have players like Michael Dawson, Harry Maguire, Andrea Ranocchia and Alfred N’Diaye on our side, conceding from a corner can only be down to a lack of focus and to do that in matches at this level makes things very difficult.

“We tried to change things at half time with another creative midfielder and Jarrod Bowen on the right. He did some good things and had a very good chance to score but it didn’t happen. Of course Dieumerci Mbokani would have come on as well, but we lost Harry to injury early in the second half and had to make a different change.

“After that, and then the penalty for Palace, it became impossible.”

Reflecting on the fact that his side has been relegated, Silva added: “It feels really bad. I came here with one idea on my mind and we worked hard every day to try and improve.

“Today is a bad day because our fans didn’t deserve this. I feel very sad for them because they have supported the team and they have supported me.

“We have one more game now and we have to play with pride and respect for the club.”

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