Silva praises Vinicius after Fulham win

Marco Silva praised Carlos Vinicius after the striker’s goal secured a 1-0 victory over Luton at Craven Cottage. 

Vinicius netted soon after coming on as substitute, pouncing after a mistake by keeper Thomas Kaminski, who weakly parried Willian’s cross.

Whites boss Silva said: “He made the impact that we needed in that moment on the pitch, not just because he scored – but of course scoring is always the most important thing for a striker.

“It was nice to see Carlos score. He deserved the chance to go in and it was nice to see him be decisive for us. The competition (with Raúl Jiménez) is also important to us.”

Luton caused problems and almost took the lead when Issa Kabore’s right-wing cross was headed against the post by Jacob Brown.

And in stoppage time, Tom Lockyer missed a great chance to equalise for the Hatters when he headed another Kabore cross wide of the target.

Fuham’s second Premier League win of the season leaves them ninth in the table.

They struggled to create clear-cut chances but were better after Vinicius was introduced along with new signing Alex Iwobi, who came on for his debut.

Timothy Castagne, meanwhile, completed his first 90 minutes since his recent arrival from Leicester.

“They are going to improve, for sure,” said Silva.

“The way we play is going to make them better players for sure. We’re really happy to have them.”