Marco Silva urges Fulham players to ‘fight really hard’ to reach record-breaking Premier League tally
Marco Silva has revealed Fulham have their focus on beating the club’s record points tally in the Premier League.
The Cottagers sit tenth in the Premier League on 45 points, eight short of the tally they managed in the 2008/09 campaign under Roy Hodgson and that is a mark that has not been matched.
Fulham have four matches remaining this season to reach, and they will hope surpass, that figure, starting with a home match on Monday against a Leicester side deep in the relegation battle.
“We are going to fight for it,” said Silva. “We are going to fight because it’s a target for us, clearly it’s a target for us. We have 12 points to fight for and we are going to do our best.
“As always, game by game, thinking the next one will be a very good one at home at the Cottage that we want to do our best and we are going to do our best to win.
“It’s there, the target is there but realistically we are going to have to fight really hard to get it.”
Silva’s side are hoping to bounce back from three-consecutive defeats, including Wednesday night’s Liverpool encounter decided by Mohamed Salah’s penalty, which was awarded following a VAR decision the Fulham boss reiterated should not have gone the Reds’ way.
He said: “Liverpool clearly didn’t deserve the result. It was a clear mistake that made us to lose the match and that penalty that I repeat is embarrassing, that decision and of course it’s up to us to react, to go again and to do our best to take the three points.”
Silva will be without midfielder Andreas Pereira and skipper Tim Ream, who were both ruled out for the rest of the season following injuries sustained in the defeat to Manchester City last month.
Leicester are outside the drop zone on goal difference alone and Silva expects their precarious position to be a dangerous motivator on Monday afternoon.
He added: “Probably the next game against Leicester will probably be even more difficult than against City and Liverpool.
“People probably don’t understand what I’m saying. I’m not saying that Leicester is a better team than the other two, that’s not what I’m saying, but they’re fighting for their lives.
“They come to play in a different way than the other two teams against us and of course, it will be a tough one, a good test, another one for us at the Cottage with our fans and of course we have to play as best as we can to win the game.”
Additional reporting by PA Sport.