Marco Silva was delighted after Fulham stretched their lead at the top of the Championship to five points by hitting Birmingham for six at Craven Cottage tonight.

The Whites have now scored nineteen goals in their last three league outings having had to wait since December to resume their promotion push. The Fulham head coach told FFCTV that he was pleased by his side’s ruthlessness in front of goal:

“We are really happy with the score. More happy with the three points – it is always the main thing for us. It was a different game for us. Of course, we were the best team on the pitch, we deserved the three points. We were really clinical in some moments. We reacted well in some moments when the game was unbalanced. I have to congratulate our players – even if we didn’t play at our top level, we are capable of punishing our opponents.”

Silva feels that Fulham’s players have brought entirely into his attacking approach, which has delivered an incredible seventy goals in 26 games already this season.

“It’s amazing, it’s fantastic. It shows our desire, reflects our philosophy, our technical staff, myself as a manager, our club and our players. When you have an idea, you have to convince your players that this is the way to be successful. From the first day, they had an open mind and because of that we are doing very good things.”

He handed out praise for Aleksandar Mitrovic and Harry Wilson, even though the pair were not on the scoresheet as Fulham ran riot.

“It is not a surprise for me. Two players that didn’t score tonight: Mitro and Harry, it is possible they were the most important players in our front line. Mitro had a very good performance tonight, Harry Wilson the same. I’m really happy with the performance from Mitro – even if he didn’t score, I know the goals will come. I’m really pleased to see the performance of Mitro, how he was involved in all the moments of the game.”

Silva knows that a punishing schedule – forced on Fulham after three festive period postponements – means the Whites will face a test of both of their fitness and quality at Stoke City on Saturday.

“It will be tougher in the future because we are playing tonight and our next opponents have the whole week to rest. I felt sometimes tonight we weren’t in our best physical condition. We have to do our best and prepare our players in the best way that we can.”