Straight Back Down: Premier League Club Suffers Relegation Barely a Year After Being Promoted

Straight Back Down: Premier League Club Suffers Relegation Barely a Year After Being Promoted

- Fulham join West Brom and Sheffield United in the Championship next season

- Burnley scored two in the final 10 minutes of the first half courtesy of Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood

- The Clarets win confirmed relegation for Fulham, who are 10 points off safety with three games to go

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Fulham have been relegated back to the Championship after one season following a 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Monday, May 10.

Straight back down: Premier League club suffers relegation barely a year after being promoted
Bolivian Side Fields Seven Players, Game Gets Abandoned In The 8th Minute. Photo by Catherine Ivill.
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Scott Parker’s side’s relegation meant for the first time in Premier League history, all three relegation places were confirmed with three games to go.

Fulham went into the Burnley game with the slimmest chance of survival, sitting 10 points behind 17th placed Southampton.

And damage was done in the first half by Burnley as goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood confirmed that it would be impossible for the London side to avoid the dreaded zone.

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For the first goal, Burnley launched a swift counter-attack as Matej Vydra picked out Westwood who slotted into an empty net.

Chris Wood then broke Fulham hearts with a lashing shot from the edge of the area to put Sean Dyche’s men on a victory course.

The win took Burnley to 14th on the log and ensured their place in the Premier League for a sixth consecutive season.

What went wrong for Fulham?

Fulham deserves to go down despite Scott Parker’s side playing some fantastic football at times this season.

Perhaps their biggest concern will be their heavy dependence on loan players, who have made an integral part of their season so far.

A combination of inconsistency and lack of enough firepower in front of goal ultimately proved to be the difference between Fulham and other sides in the Premier League.

One of their biggest moments this season will be the win against outgoing Champions Liverpool at Anfield on March 7.

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At the time, Liverpool were going through a torrid run of form at home and Fulham took full advantage and they were extremely hopeful of survival after the win.

The Cottages join West Brom, whose relegation was confirmed after a 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, and Sheffield United, who have been the worst-performing team this season.

Meanwhile, in terms of promotion, two teams who were relegated last season have secured promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Watford and Norwich City will be playing in the top flight next season, while the other place will be fought for in the playoffs.

Legit.ng earlier reported that West Bromwich Albion's slim hopes of surviving Premier League relegation was ended following their heavy 3-1 defeat in the hands of Arsenal on Sunday, May 9.

The Gunners went into the clash off a disappointing exit from the Europa League in the hands of Villarreal in midweek.

The La Liga side condemned the north Londoners to a 2-1 aggregate defeat to end their dream of winning the European competition.

Source: Legit.ng

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