Fulham relegated from Premier League after disappointing defeat to Burnley

Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League has been confirmed after defeat to closest rivals Burnley on Monday night.

The Cottagers needed a win to keep their chances of staying in the top flight alive but were comfortably seen off 2-0 thanks to goals from Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood.

It sees the west London club return to the Championship after just a one season stay following their promotion via the playoffs last year, while Sean Dyche’s side left Craven Cottage in the knowledge they were safe from the drop.

Despite heading straight back down Fulham have put up a stern fight, given they were the bookies’ favourites to be relegated with many tipping them to finish rock bottom.

They were pretty much written off by critics after three games, following opening defeats to Arsenal, Leeds and Aston Villa, during which they conceded 10 goals.

Burnley's players celebrate their opening goal as Fulham stars look on dejected
Burnley’s players celebrate their opening goal as Fulham stars look on dejected

But Scott Parker eventually managed to rally his troops in an attempt to make a great escape, picking up their first wins in November against fellow strugglers West Brom and an away victory over Leicester.

The first signs of belief they could avoid the drop came in the 1-1 home draw against Liverpool in December before picking up another point on their travels at Tottenham in the new year.

Turning one point into three has really been a big factor in Fulham’s downfall, though they did manage to pick up some superb results in the back half of the campaign.

Victory at Anfield had come shortly after a five-match unbeaten run which also included a win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Scott Parker watched his side's relegation confirmed with defeat to Burnley
Scott Parker watched his side’s relegation confirmed with defeat to Burnley

Yet Parker’s men struggled to build on those results, with the win against Liverpool the last time they collected all three points in the league.

Hopes of survival began to fade fast with successive losses against Leeds, Aston Villa and Wolves, before managing to nab a point off Arsenal prior to defeat to Chelsea last weekend.

Their only route out of the bottom three was to catch Burnley ahead of them, but with a nine-point gap going into this fixture, only a win would do.

Westwood gave the visitors the lead after 35 minutes when Burnley’s route one approach paid off as Matej Vydra latched on to a long ball before squaring for his teammate to finish off.

Fulham’s misery was compiled on the stroke of half-time as Wood smashed home a second, leaving Parker’s men with too big a mountain to climb as their fate was eventually sealed at the final whistle.


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