Marco Silva bemoaned Fulham’s failure to hold onto the lead given to them by Aleksandar Mitrovic’s double as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Crystal Palace in their final home game of the season this afternoon.

The Whites came from behind to lead 2-1 after Mitrovic, making his first home appearance in two and a half months, rattled in a first half penalty and then powered home a header from Willian’s free-kick. But sloppy defending gifted Joel Ward an equaliser that allowed the Eagles to leave with a point and Silva was less than impressed with his side surrendering a winning position.

The Fulham head coach told the BBC after the final whistle:

“It was a disappointing result of course. The way we started the game on the front foot clear and commanding the game and took the game for our side – first 20 minutes we did it really well. Of course we didn’t create many chances during that period but we did it well and when we pushed them back they were well organised.

I think we command really well the game. Of course at this level when we concede a goal like we did first goal after a corner for us is a bit disappointing, frustration for us because at this level you can’t cannot concede that.”

Silva also saluted the returning Mitrovic’s character and criticised the eight-game suspension his talismanic striker received for his confrontation with Chris Kavanagh at Old Trafford.

“It was an incident that he learned from. The moment I said that he is going to come again stronger and I’m sure about it. I have to repeat again that it was completely exaggerated the eight games he got if you comepare with the others things that happened this season.”