FULHAM boss Marco Silva was adamant his side should have had a penalty in the first half against Cherries on Friday.

With the scores level at Craven Cottage, former Cherries loanee Harry Wilson went to ground after seemingly being caught by striker Dominic Solanke inside the box.

Referee Tim Robinson waved play-on with the sides going in at the break goalless.

Solanke struck a rapid-opener moments after the restart in the second half, with Tosin Adarabioyo heading home the equaliser to force a 1-1 draw.

Speaking post-match, Silva said: “Unfortunately, again we (should have) had a penalty.

“I really respect the referees, but it is tough for us because a key decision has gone against us again.

“I think what I saw all of you saw as well. You saw it on the broadcast for sure.

“I prefer to talk about the game and the way my players dealt with the situation. That’s football and at the end of the season, hopefully it will balance out. It is tough for us as a club.”

The draw kept Fulham a point ahead of Cherries in the Championship title race.

Assessing the game as a whole, former Watford boss Silva said: “It was a very good game. Two strong sides on the pitch.

“We didn’t change anything than we’ve done so far. They came here with a different strategy, they tried to change their formation a little bit to be a bit more compact in the midfield zone, building up with four midfielders instead of three.

“For the first five minutes we took some time to adapt and after that we adapt well and we started to control the game.

“I think we deserved to lead by two goals at half-time. We created a chance with Mitro (Aleksandar Mitrovic) and after when (Steve) Cook twice played like a goalkeeper. He did well in that moment and unfortunately we didn’t score.

“The only thing that I didn’t like, we lost two seconds of focus and our discipline in our organisation and they punished us. We cannot concede a goal like we conceded, after a kick-off. We slept completely in that moment. We cannot concede at the level we are.

“In the end we scored, but it is clear we deserved more from this game because we were the best team on the pitch and we deserved more. But I am proud of my players.”