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Marco Silva rued more dropped points after Fulham were held to a fourth consecutive draw at Luton this afternoon.

The league leaders had to settle for a point at Kenilworth Road as former Fulham forward Elijah Adebayo’s header cancelled out a first half strike from Aleksandar Mitrovic. Silva couldn’t hide his disappointment afterwards, telling his post-match press conference:

“We’ve lost two points. The game was balanced, a tough game, like we expected. hey are always tough to beat and we knew they would try to take the game from a physical point of view. They have strong bodies, three strong central defenders, the striker is a big boy as well who is always fighting for all the balls.

They are a strong side on second balls as well, but I thought first half we controlled the game very well. We didn’t create big chances but we controlled the first half, didn’t give many things to them. We started the second half in the same way, but in one moment we lost control of the game and unfortunately conceded a set-piece.

After that we reacted, we went again, our players tried until the end, sometimes not with the quality that we normally put on the pitch in our game. We definitely lost two points.”

Silva wants his side to embrace their status as favourites to win most games in the Championship – after acknowledging that the rest of the division is raising their game in matches against the Whites of late.

“It’s true, and I definitely agree with you, but if you want to be there at the top and play every single game to win, if you want to be at Fulham Football Club, you have to be able to face it. We knew they would give everything, they would fight for the first ball, the second ball, and they would try to show their quality as well to show that they could match us, and they did it. It’s up to us to take the game from that physicality and put the game in our way. I think we did that first half. Second half, we were not able to do it.”

The Fulham head coach revealed that Harrison Reed couldn’t be risked after picking up a muscle injury in training and that he would be a doubt for next Monday’s meeting with Sheffield United.

“He got a little muscle injury. We had doubts whether to play him or not, let’s hope next week he will be okay, but we’re not sure.”