Dry your eyes, Scott (sorry). Fulham were relegated from the Premier League after just one season back in the top league, no thanks to a home defeat by Burnley that secured the Clarets their top flight status for another season.
Nothing goes on the wire for once, at least not on the wrong side of the table. All three relegated clubs have now been confirmed. Fulham will join Sheffield United and West Brom in the championship next season. Getting back out of it will be another grueling test.
3+ – Fulham’s defeat means all three / four teams have been relegated with as many as three games left for the first time in Premier League history. Confirmation.
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 10 May 2021
Burnley struck twice in the final 10 minutes of the first half at Craven Cottage, by Ashley Westwood on the counter-attack and then a Chris Wood knocker. The goals knocked the plug on Scott Parker’s squad, although their chances of survival seemed slim for weeks, especially when Newcastle, Brighton and Burnley all picked up precious points when the Cottagers’ steam ran out.
Although Fulham can not complain that they are relegated, they sometimes played great football and had very little rubbing of the green. Parker has proven to be a somewhat capable manager, and a smartly dressed one at that (nice gray jersey with elbow spots tonight), but it was an ultra-competitive Premier League this season; in most other years, I imagine Fulham would have survived fairly comfortably.
After the game, a reporter Parker said: “It was threatening, but it does not hide the disappointment, hurt and sadness that I feel tonight. It’s inevitable now. I’m confused.
“This year at times, while we have had some major improvements and continued certain elements, the facts are that we have fallen short. We were not quite good enough. “
Clear back, Scotty, hop back.
Man of the match: James Tarkowski (Burnley)