Marco Silva has demanded that Fulham hit his high standards against Aston Villa tomorrow night.

The Portuguese head coach was disappointed with the defensive errors that cost the Whites two points against Bournemouth at Craven Cottage on Saturday – and told his pre-match press conference this afternoon that his charges will have to cut out those mistakes.

“It is a very good challenge, a tough challenge that we play against a very good team with high quality individual players around all the pitch. And, of course, because of that we have to perform at our best level. If we want really to get the three points we have to perform at our best level, and some of the things that we did last game in a very good way, we have to keep doing.

Of course, there are other things that we must improve clearly, the way we started last time, all those situations would be better for us to improve, to give the right steps to be stronger as a team. And if we perform at our best level to avoid certain types of mistakes, of course we are able to win the match.

Silva expects Villa to pose a serious test – despite pressure mounting on manager Steven Gerrard.

“We analysed them, we know what they’re capable of. I know that, from an individual point of view, they have really high quality. Most of the game they controlled a team like Chelsea. They were really dangerous in all the moments they arrived in the final third, and showed their quality. Of course we know their strengths, we know some weaknesses that we should exploit as well, and we are ready for tomorrow’s match.”