Silva wants Hull fans back after winning start

Silva got off to a flawless start thanks to goals from the returning Abel Hernandez and Josh Tymon, but the 39-year-old - boasting domestic cup success on his CV from his time with Sporting Lisbon - is determined to get the stay-away supporters back in their seats.

The 2-0 win was Hull's first clean sheet in 23 games and Tymon intimated that this was not a co-incidence, saying of Silva: "He's very tactical". Mourinho referred to Silva in 2015 as his "kid friend".

Silva, without injured pair Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire, saw fellow centre-back Michael Dawson forced off with a shoulder injury in the second half, but Silva said he hoped his captain would be fit for next week's visit of Bournemouth.

"Sometimes substitutions work well, sometimes they do not but today it was very good".

"I have confidence in our players, but it's clear we need to improve our roster", said the Portuguese.

Despite the subdued atmosphere, it was odd new manager Silva was not even introduced before kick-off.

"We'll try and maybe in May the miracle will happen".

In his only season in Greece, Silva's side embarked on a run of 17 straight league wins and lost only twice, securing the championship with six games to spare. "We'll try to find solutions to try and improve the team".

Hull boss Marco Silva believes they can pull off a shock and produce the miracle some people think they need to avoid relegation. "That is Swansea, and that is all I am looking at right now". As a coach we know what he has won in his career. He is an important player for us. "As a friend also he's fantastic and Portuguese people are proud for the Portuguese coaches and for what he has done before".

Silva, who has agreed a deal until the end of the season, may have wondered what he had signed up for while he was stood on the touchline during parts of this match.

Silva could oversee his first game in charge in front of a minute crowd though, with rumours spreading that Hull fans will boycott the game in protest against the owners. "Of course, we need more time". "The club, at this moment, only has one goal - to remain in the Premier League", he said.

Although one caller to local BBC Radio suggested before his appointment on Thursday that Hull would have as much chance with the fictional pirate Long John Silver, the new manager has an impressive pedigree in Portugal and Greece. "If the atmosphere's not good, I want my players to focus on things happening on the pitch".

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