Marco Silva heaped praise on an excellent all-round display from striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after Fulham beat Birmingham 4-1 last night.

The Fulham head coach was delighted with the centre forward’s complete performance, stressing that there was much more to Mitrovic’s game than his regular goalscoring exploits. The Serbian centre forward, who celebrates his 27th birthday today, moved past the likes of Allan Clarke and Barry Hayles in the all-time Fulham scoring list with his brace at St. Andrew’s.

Silva told his post-match press conference:

“I know Mitrovic and he’s a very important player for us, not just because he scores goals. The way we use him to link our game and to break the pressure and find our midfielders around him.

He scored from the penalty in the first half and the second goal he scored was really important after 83 minutes, seeing him press the central defender to win the ball. I was really pleased to see that, showing to me that he’s really involved in the team, not just scoring goals but pressing the opposition and all his work without the ball.”