Dry your eyes, Scott (very sorry). Fulham is relegated to the top division from the Premier League after just one season, no, thanks to a home defeat to Burnley, with which the Clarets have secured their top status for another season.
For once nothing goes online, at least not at the wrong end of the table. All three relegated teams are now confirmed. Fulham will compete in the championship alongside Sheffield United and West Brom next season. It will be another grueling test to get out again.
3+ – Fulham’s loss means all three / four teams have been relegated for the first time in Premier League history, with up to three games remaining. Confirmation.
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 10, 2021
Burnley scored twice in the last 10 minutes of the first half at Craven Cottage, from Ashley Westwood on the counter and then a Chris Wood blast. The goals were rubbish for Scott Parker’s side, although their chances of survival had looked slim for weeks, especially as Newcastle, Brighton and Burnley all scored valuable points when the Cottagers ran out of breath.
While Fulham can’t complain about relegation, they have played nice football at times and had very little impact on the green. Parker has proven to be a reasonably capable manager, and smartly dressed (nice gray cardigan with elbow patches tonight), but this season the Premier League has been an extremely competitive one; for most of the other years, I imagine Fulham would have survived pretty comfortably.
After the game, a dejected Parker said, “It’s showing, but it doesn’t hide the disappointment, pain and sadness I’m feeling tonight. It is inevitable now. I am sobered up.
“This year we made some big improvements and pushed ahead in certain elements, but the fact is that we came up short. We weren’t good enough. “
Hit back, Scotty, hit back.
Man of the game: James Tarkowski (Burnley)