Fulham manager Marco Silva remains 'realistic' despite ending year in top eight above Chelsea

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The Cottagers ended the year with a 2-1 win over Southampton, despite top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic missing a stoppage-time penalty.

Fittingly it was their first home match since the death of their 1966 World Cup-winning full-back George Cohen, and a moving tribute was paid, with former boss Roy Hodgson and Cohen's son Anthony laying wreaths. "It's a big three points for us from a tough match," said boss Marco Silva. "We expected a tough match, we know their capacity, they have good players who can punish you. "But we have finished an amazing 2022 for us. A year that has been special for us and our fans. I believe we deserved the three points, even if it wasn't our best performance. It was our moment to have a late goal to decide the game." Fulham will start the year in the top eight, but Silva played down any raised expectations. "We have to be realistic and I am," he added. "We are an ambitious club, but we know our reality. We have to keep our feet on the ground. It's realistic to fight to remain in the Premier League. "We have 25 points which is a good achievement from ourselves. We showed we are growing as a team and a club as well."

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