Fulham 0-2 Burnley: chalets relegated to championship as Clarets guarantee safety | Football News
Fulham’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed with an abject 2-0 loss to Burnley, which guaranteed another Premier League football season with a clinical victory at Craven Cottage.
Scott Parker’s side needed four wins in their last four games to stand a chance of avoiding the fall, but were largely beaten as their season’s top ten ended with three games to lose.
Fulham’s fate was effectively sealed before half-time as Ashley Westwood’s opener and Chris Wood’s unmistakable 50th goal at Burnley forced the hosts to score three unanswered goals – the same one they had managed during their 11 previous outings.
Fortune favored Fulham after the interval when goalkeeper Alphonse Areola avoided a red card for a clear handball outside the zone, but the Cottagers were unable to take advantage of the reprieve, with Andre-Frank Anguissa gunning the below Burnley’s bar with the hosts. best effort to trigger a comeback.
The defeat – the 18th in a tough Fulham campaign – sends them straight to the league on the first attempt, while Burnley climbs to 14th with a victory that sees Sean Dyche deliver a sixth consecutive season of Premier League football.
Fulham: Areola (5), Tete (5), Andersen (4), Adarabioyo (5), Robinson (5), Lemina (6), Anguissa (6), Cavaleiro (6), Decordova-Reid (5), Lookman (6 )), Mitrovic (5).
Submarines: Maja (5), Onomah (5), Loftus-Cheek (4).
Burnley: Pape (7), Lowton (7), Tarkowski (7), Mee (7), Taylor (6), Brownhill (6), Cork (7), Westwood (7), McNeil (6), Vydra (7), Wood (7).
Submarines: Rodriguez (6), Barnes (n / a).
Man of the match: Chris Wood
Fulham’s survival fails on first attempt
In what was the first of four pivotal games to save their season, Fulham fashioned the first opening in 12 minutes, but Ademola Lookman’s reluctance to reach a cross from Ivan Cavaleiro gave James Tarkowski the opportunity to ‘intervene with a goal clearance to the mouth.
Burnley responded when Ben Mee forced Areola to make a save with a header before finding the back of Fulham’s net, only for Wood’s effort to be instantly canceled, with Matej Vydra deemed to have removed the ball from play in the preparation.
Fulham was indebted to Tosin Adarabioyo and Antonee Robinson as Wood and Tarkowski’s headers were deflected for turns in quick succession, but it was only a matter of time before the hosts’ already slim survival hopes are tainted.
Vydra huddled up behind Fulham’s defense to pick up a long ball over the top, dropped a shoulder to get around Joachim Andersen, brilliantly kept the ball in play, then picked the last Westwood, who went captured Burnley’s opener.
One turned into two on the stroke of halftime as Wood’s lavish volley found the top corner to leave Fulham with an almost insurmountable task in the second half.
Parker resisted the temptation to make changes to the break, but only waited nine minutes before introducing Josh Maja, January signing, and the addition of an offensive reinforcement resulted in concerted pressure from Fulham to looking for a lifeline.
- Kenny Tete and Ola Aina returned as Fulham made two changes following the loss to Chelsea.
- Chris Wood passed a late fitness test as Burnley named an unchanged team for the seventh time this season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic almost delivered one before the hour, but his header from near the center post of Bobby Decordova-Reid rippled the side net.
Fulham felt they should have received a penalty when Charlie Taylor rushed over to Lookman, but he was ruled to have made contact with the man and the ball by referee David Coote and VAR Peter Bankes.
The hosts’ frustrations with the officials were also felt by Burnley moments later when Fulham goalkeeper Areola escaped punishment for a clear away handball which prevented Vydra from rushing to the unguarded goal , but, again, VAR chose not to intervene.
Anguissa could have started a late Fulham rally, but his thunderous training crashed into the underside of the Burnley bar.
Substitute Jay Rodriguez had the chance to pull Fulham out of their misery, but Areola, who was lucky to be still on the pitch, made a good save to give his side a fighting chance before the final quarter. of an hour, but it was one they couldn’t take.
What the managers said …
Scott Parker, Director of Fulham: “I’m hurt, I’m drained. It threatens us, we’ve been flirting with this for a long time, there are no words I can say except I’m drained, we haven’t made it this year. Stay in this division was successful for us, we knew it was always going to be a challenge, but it’s bitterly disappointing not to.
“The performance levels have been there, the fine margins and the classroom chasm in this division are so small. We’ve been so close sometimes, but yet so far. In the last five or six games we’ve got it all. simply failed.
“My players have given absolutely everything this year, and I’ve seen it again tonight. Effort, desire, effort, but we sometimes lacked quality. Over the next few weeks we have to have discussions and figure out what we are doing. we need to do to move on and try to get off this roller coaster. “
Burnley Director Sean Dyche: “It was a tough game for obvious reasons, but we handled it. The second half was lousy, but you’d expect it, and we handled it really well.
“Securing a sixth season in the Premier League with three games to lose after getting just two points from our first seven games is a huge achievement. These players deserve a lot of credit.
“This has been my hardest year as an off-pitch manager with the club’s never-ending sale where little funding has been put in place so a lot of credit goes to my players and staff.
“You have to take all of these challenges off the pitch to make sure the team is always motivated, and we never lack the motivation to be fair.”
Neville: Ruthless Burnley, Fulham is not
Gary Neville from Sky Sports:
“The difference between the two teams was the skill, the experience. It was the men against the boys, Burnley looked like a team that trusted what they were asked to do. Fulham, like the three teams down, hasn’t been good enough. throughout the season. I trust Burnley, I didn’t think for a second that Fulham would win. Burnley is reliable and Fulham no, they’re inconsistent and not clinical, and c ‘s the big difference, Burnley is clinical and ruthless. “
Three relegated with three in reserve – Match stats
- Fulham’s defeat means all three / four teams have been relegated with up to three games to go for the first time in Premier League history.
- Burnley has won in five of his last eight Premier League trips to London (L3) after scoring just three wins in their previous 30 trips to the capital in competition (D4 L23).
- Fulham have failed to score in 11 home league games in one season for the second time in their history (also 11th in third in 93-94) as they are the first team to do so in the elite since Manchester City. in 2006-07 (13 in total).
- Burnley has named an unchanged starting XI for the seventh time in the Premier League this season, with only Leeds (10) and Aston Villa (8) fielding unchanged starting teams more often in the top flight in 20-21.
- Six of Ashley Westwood’s seven Premier League goals for Burnley came from Turf Moor, the midfielder scoring for the second time in a row away with the Clarets in the top flight.
Man of the Match – Chris Wood
Jamie Carragher from Sky Sports:
“If you’re a team that’s going to be in the bottom half and you have a player who can score you double-digit goals like Chris Wood, you’re a long way from staying in the Premier League. that’s why he’s so vital to Burnley. “
Burnley hosts Leeds on Saturday at 12.30pm, ahead of the trip from Fulham to Southampton on Saturday at 3pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League.