Marco Silva was furious after Fulham were denied three points at Preston North End by Ched Evans’ equaliser this afternoon.

The Fulham head coach told Sky Sports that the home side’s leveller should have been disallowed – not just for handballs by Evans and Emil Riis but for a foul on the Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

“It’s a mistake – it is not controversial. It is a clear mistake from the referee. The goal came from a clear, clear mistake. It was bad performances from ourselves and a bad performance from the referee. It is not just one foul, it is two fouls. It is an elbow in his face maybe and after the elbow as well I think it is two handballs. It is difficult for the fourth official, the linesman and the referee. You have to protect the goalkeepers in this competition – because so many fouls on them, because in one moment you push them inside the goal and it is an easy goal.

“It is not an excuse because I explained that our second half was not good enough. We must do different in the second half. The last game we lost was more or less the same thing. The game was balanced, tough game to play and there was a dive in our box. This afternoon unfortunately for us was the same. We have to look at what we can control and what can control is not do in the second half what we did.”

Silva saved some opprobrium for his own side, who surrendered the lead given to them by Tim Ream’s opener with a whimper in a second half where they were outfought.

“I would prefer to start in a different way because it is not just the decision – but in terms of performance, first half we played in the way we wanted to play. We knew that they will be five at the back, we started to control the ball and we move the ball from side to side. We created some moments, we scored and we were clearly the best team on the pitch in the first half, even if they had some counter attacks.

Second half – the reality is we didn’t play. We didn’t perform in the way we should do, the way we prepared and the way we expected after our speech at half time. It was a bad, bad second half from us.”