Fulham’s relegation to the Championship was affirmed by a degraded 2-0 loss to Burnley, who ensured another period of Premier League football with a clinical win at Craven Cottage.
Scott Parker’s side required four wins from their last four games to get any opportunity of keeping away from the drop however were thoroughly beaten as their season-long stay in the Premier League finished with three games to go.
Fulham’s destiny was successfully fixed before half-time as Ashley Westwood’s opener and Chris Wood’s vehement 50th Burnley goal left the hosts expecting to score three unanswered goals – a similar they had overseen in their past 11 egames.
Fortune supported Fulham after the stretch when goalkeeper Alphonse Areola stayed away from a straight red card for an unmistakable handball outside the space, yet the Cottagers couldn’t exploit the respite, with Andre-Frank Anguissa cannoning the underside of the Burnley bar with the hosts’ best chance of making a comeback.
It was the 18th defeat of the season for Fulham which now sends them straight back to the Championship at the main endeavor, while Burnley move up to fourteenth with a victory which sees Sean Dyche convey a 6th progressive period of Premier League football.
In what was the first of four characterizing games to save their season, Fulham formed the main opening on 12 minutes, yet Ademola Lookman’s reluctance when arriving at Ivan Cavaleiro’s cross gave James Tarkowski the chance to intercede with a last minute clearance.
Burnley reacted as Ben Mee constrained Areola into a save with a header prior to tracking down the back of the Fulham net, just for Wood’s effort chalked off in a split second, with Matej Vydra declared to have removed the ball from play in the development.
Fulham were obliged to Tosin Adarabioyo and Antonee Robinson as headers from Wood and Tarkowski were redirected behind for corners one after another, however it wouldn’t have been long until the hosts’ as of now thin endurance trusts were scratched.
Vydra stripped in behind the Fulham defense to assemble a long ball over the top, dropped a shoulder to skip around Joachim Andersen, splendidly kept the ball in play and afterward selected the late-showing Westwood, who sealed in Burnley’s opener.
One got two on the stroke of half-time as Wood’s extravagant turning volley tracked down the top corner to leave Fulham with a practically unconquerable assignment in the subsequent half.
Parker opposed the impulse to make adjustments at the break yet standing by only nine minutes prior to presenting January marking Josh Maja, and the expansion of an assaulting support came about in deliberate Fulham pressure looking for a life saver.
Aleksandar Mitrovic almost conveyed one preceding the hour mark, however his close post header from Bobby Decordova-Reid’s cross undulated the side-netting.
Fulham felt they ought to have been granted a penalty when Charlie Taylor lurched in on Lookman, however he was pronounced to have connected with both man and ball by ref David Coote and VAR Peter Bankes.
The hosts’ disappointments with the authorities were felt similarly by Burnley minutes after the fact when Fulham goalkeeper Areola got away from discipline for a reasonable handball outside which kept Vydra from dashing through on the unguarded goal, in any case, once more, VAR decided not to intercede. Anguissa might have launched a late Fulham rally yet his booming drive slammed off the underside of the Burnley bar.
Substitute Jay Rodriguez got the opportunity to finally give Fulham some closure, however Areola, who was lucky to in any case be on the pitch, created a fine save to give his side a battling chance heading into the last quarter of 60 minutes, yet it was one they couldn’t take.
Fulham now alongside West Brom and Sheffield United have been relegated from the Premier League.