Fulham 0-2 Burnley: Cottagers relegated to Championship

Chris Wood has scored 18 more goals for Burnley than any other player since his debut in August 2017

Fulham rose after a loss to Burnley from the Premier League, in which the Clarets secured their top status for another season.

All relegation places are now confirmed, with the Cottagers joining Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion as the three clubs to enter the championship.

The damage was done before the break when Burnley scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half at Craven Cottage.

First, the Clarets beat their hosts in the counterattack when Matej Vydra showed decent footwork before selecting Ashley Westwood to roll the ball into an empty net.

Chris Wood then whipped off the edge of the area in a second to score his 50th goal for Burnley and bring Fulham to the drop.

It leaves Scott Parker’s team 10 points ahead of safety, three games, and they return for the first time when asked.

Burnley, who will play Premier League football for the sixth consecutive year, climbs to 14th place in the table.

The cottagers go straight back downstairs

Fulham have three more games to play as a Premier League team but the Cottagers are already starting to think about how they plan to return to the top tier of English football.

In Parker they have a manager who has already done the trick and led his team to promotion through the play-offs last season after relegation last year.

The problem for Parker and Fulham is that some of their top performers this season who would surely stand out in the championship are only on loan at the club.

In fact, four loan players started against Burnley, and two more came off the bench.

Ademola Lookman was one of them, and the former Everton winger seemed most likely to make a difference for the hosts, while another, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, made several good saves before Burnley’s opener.

Parker has received praise for his team’s style of play and of the three teams to go down, the Cottagers may feel the most unhappy after a string of narrow defeats and impressive wins at Liverpool, Everton and Leicester City.

But they lacked both consistency and serious goal threat. She scored just 25 goals in 35 games – only Sheffield United scored less often this season.

Parker attempted to remedy this on Monday by reaching out to Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored 26 goals in Fulham’s promotion campaign, but the striker has failed to improve his three goals of the season in his only fifth division since the turn of the year.

The hosts showed a fight in the second half and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was unlucky that his efforts bounced off the goal line and off after the crossbar rattled.

But Parker’s side were unable to break Burnley when they drew another gap after scoring just nine goals at home in the league this season.

After returning to the position where he was tied with 17th place in Brighton after winning at Anfield, Fulham comes on just one point in the seven games since then.

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Fulham

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  2. Cadre number25thPlayernameOnomah

  3. Cadre number27PlayernameCan

Burnley

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  2. Cadre number2PlayernameLowton

  3. Cadre number5PlayernameTarkovsky

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  5. Cadre number3PlayernameTaylor

  6. Cadre number8thPlayernameBrownhill

  7. Cadre number18thPlayernameWestwood

  8. Cadre number4thPlayernamecork

  9. Cadre number11PlayernameMcNeil

  10. Cadre number27Playernameotter

  11. Cadre number9PlayernameWood

  1. Cadre number10PlayernameBarnes

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Fulham

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1Areola

2Tete5Andersen16Indeed33Robinson

29Zambo Anguissa18thLemina

17thKnight14thDe Cordova-Reid19thLook man

9Mitrovic

  • 1Areola
  • 2TeteReplaced byCanat the 54 ‘protocol
  • 5Andersen
  • 16IndeedReplaced byLoftus cheekat the 74 ‘protocol
  • 33Robinson
  • 29Zambo AnguissaBooked at 40 minutes
  • 18thLeminaBooked at 83 minutes
  • 17thKnight
  • 14thDe Cordova-ReidReplaced byOnomahat the 66 ‘protocol
  • 19thLook man
  • 9Mitrovic

replacement

  • 3bullying
  • 12thA native
  • 13thRies
  • fifteenLoftus cheek
  • 23Bryan
  • 25thOnomah
  • 27Can
  • 34always
  • 48Carvalho

Burnley

formation 4-4-2

1Pope

2Lowton5Tarkovsky6thAlong3Taylor

8thBrownhill18thWestwood4thcork11McNeil

27otter9Wood

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Tarkovsky
  • 6thAlong
  • 3Taylor
  • 8thBrownhill
  • 18thWestwood
  • 4thcork
  • 11McNeil
  • 27otterReplaced byRodriguezat the 67 ‘protocol
  • 9WoodReplaced byBarnesat the 86 ‘protocol

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  • 7thGudmundsson
  • 10Barnes
  • fifteenPeacock Farrell
  • 16Stephens
  • 19thRodriguez
  • 23Pieters
  • 25thNorris
  • 26thBardsley
  • 34Dunne

Live text

  1. End of the game, Fulham 0, Burnley 2.

  2. The second half ends, Fulham 0, Burnley 2.

  3. Corner of Fulham. The corner was caused by James Tarkowski.

  4. Attempt blocked. Josh Maja (Fulham) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  5. Missed attempt. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right.

  6. Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  7. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Burnley).

  9. Missed attempt. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the center of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

  10. Foul by Ademola Lookman (Fulham).

  11. James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Handball by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

  13. Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Chris Wood.

  14. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by Josh Brownhill (Burnley).

  16. Offside Fulham. Joachim Andersen tries a pass, but Ademola Lookman is caught offside.

  17. Mario Lemina (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Off to Burnley. Jack Cork tries a pass, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

  19. Corner of Fulham. The corner was caused by Ben Mee.

  20. Attempt blocked. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s (Fulham) header from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

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