FULHAM boss Marco Silva labelled his side as “the best team on the pitch” throughout their 3-1 win over Cherries.

An early Bobby De Cordova-Reid goal set Fulham on their way at Craven Cottage, Rodrigo Muniz doubling the hosts’ advantage before half-time.

Marcos Senesi’s goal after the interval threatened a Cherries comeback, but the Cottagers poured cold water on the idea almost immediately via Muniz’s second strike.

Cherries spent the rest of the second period keeping the Fulham goal under siege, amassing 25 shots and 13 corners by the final whistle.

In comparison, Fulham managed seven efforts on the Cherries goal, highlighting their clinical finishing.

Sharing his thoughts on the game, Silva started: “Overall looking for the game, I think we were the best team on the pitch.  

“We were much better in the first half.

“The reaction from Bournemouth in the second half was really good.

“The way we played first half, the way we scored two goals.

“We created more chances, we had one with Willian as well, the one-v-one with Neto, the one with Robinson as well.

“We created more chances to score more goals and kill the game.”

The Portuguese boss did remark that perhaps his side could have controlled the second period in a more convincing fashion, pointing to a lack of possession.

“The first goal from them could have boosted their confidence of course and created a different scenario for us.

“It was crucial that we scored the third goal straight away. It was a great assist from Willian, great finishing from Rodrigo as well.

“I would like to control the ball a lot more in the second half but it was not possible. Credit to Bournemouth as well.”

Victory for the Cottagers lifts them above Cherries into 12th place, with the Dorset outfit slipping to 13th in the Premier League table.

Fulham now enjoy a one-point advantage over Cherries, although Andoni Iraola’s charges have a game in hand over their London counterparts.