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LONDON -- Fulham became the third and final team to be relegated from the English Premier League, with a 2-0 loss to Burnley sealing the London club's return to the second-tier Championship on Monday. ... Fulham was 10 points from safety with three matches remaining. go.comFulham relegated from English Premier League after 1 season

Fulham relegation: 2-0 loss against Burnley relegates Parker’s side from Premier League

The Athletic 10 May, 2021 - 07:45pm

Fulham have been relegated from the Premier League following a 2-0 defeat at home against Burnley on Monday night.

Newcastle’s 4-2 win over Leicester on Friday night meant Scott Parker’s side needed to beat Burnley to avoid relegation, but it was not to be as first-half goals from Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood condemned Fulham to the drop.

The loss to Burnley makes Fulham the third and final team to be relegated to the Championship, alongside West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United.

This is Parker’s second relegation with Fulham, having also been in charge when they went down in 2018-19. In his first full season in the dugout, he then led them back to the Premier League via the play-offs but the Burnley result means they will play Championship football again in 2021-22.

Burnley took the lead in the 35th minute when Westwood converted from Matej Vydra’s cut-back. Wood added a second in the 44th minute after being played through by Josh Brownhill.

Fulham were lucky to end the match with all 11 players on the pitch after goalkeeper Alphonse Areola escaped a red card having appeared to handle the ball outside the area midway through the second half.

The closest Fulham came to mounting a comeback was a 70th-minute Andre-Frank Anguissa strike which struck the woodwork. Another goalless game is no surprise, however, for Fulham — only Sheffield United have scored less than their 25 goals this season.

“I’m bitterly disappointed, I’m hurt and I’m gutted,” a visibly emotional Parker admitted after the match.

“We’ve been so close this season and yet so far. In the last five or six games we haven’t been good enough. We need to work out quickly where we haven’t been good enough this season.”

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic added: “We are sad. We are really sad. We felt tonight we didn’t show the character, we just didn’t do it.

“We failed tonight. We failed this season.”

This season has been a rollercoaster of emotions for Fulham.

After an abject start, there was little to no hope of survival. But with good recruitment and a change of style, the team rallied and looked capable of making a fist of it. Ultimately, there will be great disappointment because Fulham had shown enough quality and had opportunities to escape the bottom three.

But when it mattered, they fell short. It means another promotion followed by relegation. The rollercoaster goes on.

Fulham are well-positioned to make another swift return to the Premier League. There is still a core of promotion winners within the team and further young players to complement the squad.

The problem, though, is that they face most of their loan players departing the club, and a lot of their contracted ‘old guard’ are now over 28. It is likely investment will again be needed.

Head coach Scott Parker has not publicly said he will stay on as manager and the other big question hanging over Fulham, is how do they break their yo-yo existence?

That, Parker’s future and more, will be decided in post-season reviews in the coming weeks.

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