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Marco Silva is delighted by Fulham’s goal glut since the turn of the year – but insists their recent scoring streak is no guarantee of promotion.

The Whites have hit nineteen goals in three matches in the space of eight days and opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Championship after beating Birmingham 6-2 on Tuesday night. The Portuguese head coach was delighted with his side’s ruthlessness in front of goal, but reiterated that it would count for nothing if Fulham don’t go up.

Speaking in this afternoon’s pre-match press conference before Saturday’s trip to Stoke City, Silva said:

“It’s a consequence of our philosophy and the quality with which we are playing. The numbers are there, great results in the last eight days to score so many goals is something fantastic. But at the end it was three games, nine points and nothing more than that. It has been really, really good but the stamp will be there if we get our main goal at the end of the season.”

He is taking nothing for granted and highlighted the competitive nature of the Championship as well as the promotion credentials of this weekend’s opposition.

“We are there but we have so many contenders around us. We have quality but they have showed quality as well. The main thing for us is to keep focused on our main goal.”

Silva also dismissed reports suggesting that teenager Fabio Carvalho would definitely be leaving Fulham at the end of the season when his current contract expires.

“Until now I have nothing on the table which says he will be gone. If you ask me if it’s a good situation for a young boy to be coming to the last year of his contract, of course it isn’t. We have been trying to get this done. Until now it wasn’t possible, let’s see if until the end of the season we can do something.”