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Champions Fulham crush Luton Town ~ Cham MD45 ~ 21-22

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Match Report

Fulham (2) 7-0 (0) Luton Town

Championship Match Day 45 2122 at Craven Cottage

Monday 2nd May    KO: 17:15

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Live on Sky

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
Fulham midfielder
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Fulham clinched the Sky Bet Championship in style, thrashing Luton Town 7-0 at Craven Cottage as Aleksandar Mitrovic broke yet another record.

The Serbian striker broke Guy Whittingham's second-tier record of 42 goals in a single 46-game campaign with his two second-half strikes taking him onto 43 for the season with a game to play.

"I know I've always tried to say I've not thought about the record but when you're that close and everybody starts talking [about it], so of course I wanted to break [it] and today it happened," Mitrovic told Sky Sports after the game.

Right back Kenny Tete
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"It was special in a big win so I think we finished the season like we dreamed, like we wanted with a big win at home in front of our crowd and I broke the record, so everything was perfect."

The stunning result in Fulham's final home game of the season saw them lift the trophy in front of their own fans as they prepare for another season back in the Premier League.

After slipping up against Nottingham Forest in midweek, Fulham knew a win would see them secure the title. Luton themselves were not looking to be there to make up the numbers though, with a top-six finish in their sights with three points.

midfielder Fabio Carvalho
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And although it was set to be an even affair in the first half an hour - both goalkeepers forced into early saves - once Fulham scored, they did not look back.

The hosts notched up their 100th Championship goal of the season with Tom Cairney's opener. He played a neat pass down the right of the area for Harry Wilson, who then returned the ball to his captain at the top. It was then a superb, curling hit from Cairney to see Fulham ahead.

Ten minutes later and a goal of similar quality doubled the lead. Peter Kioso - who replaced the injured Fred Onyedinma after the opening goal - headed the ball clear, but only as far as Kenny Tete who then rifled the ball home from 20 yards out with a fantastic strike.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
Fulham striker
Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Both Wilson and Cairney could have added the third either side of the break, but it was Fabio Carvalho who came up with the goods in the 54th minute.

It was a brilliant run from the youngster, cutting in from the left, with Mitrovic's through ball tapped into his path by Wilson. Carvalho then picked up the pass before slotting home past Matt Ingram - and there were more goals yet to come in the second half.

Mitrovic then equalled Whittingham's record with Fulham's fourth. The striker picked up Wilson's through ball, with his initial attempt bouncing off a sliding Reece Burke. However, the ball was immediately back at Mitrovic's feet as he showed brilliant instincts to slot past Ingram.

Striker Bobby De Cordova-Reid
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The fifth of the evening was not far behind. Carvalho skipped across the top of the area before slotting the ball through for Bobby Decordova-Reid. He easily slipped between the two Luton defenders before finding the back of the net.

Jean Michael Seri had been on for just seven minutes as he fired home Fulham's sixth. It was from a similar distance to Tete's too as Luton failed to clear their lines properly. Seri picked up the loose ball from 20 yards and rifled the ball home.

But there was more to come as Mitrovic sealed the Championship title in style while bagging yet another record. He was picked out on the left side of the area before slotting home into the far corner past a battered Ingram, celebrating with the fans behind the goal.

Fulham Midfielder Jean-Michael Seri
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It will be a disappointing result for Luton, who will now be aiming for a win against Reading on Saturday to secure their spot in the Championship play-offs.

Fulham manager Marco Silva speaking to Sky Sports:
"It's been a fantastic season. We deserve it; we've been the most dominant team this season.

"The gap is getting bigger between the competitions [Championship and Premier League] but we've built a fantastic platform this season and we want to keep doing that.

"Of course it'll be tough [in the Premier League] but we have to be positive because we've done really well, we have good players, are a good club and we want to grow to prepare ourselves well for the future."

Match Stats Fulham Luton Town
Goals (2) 7 0 (0)
Scorers Cairney 29 -
  Tete 39 -
  Carvalho 54 -
  Mitrovic 62 -
  De Cordova-Reid 65 -
  Seri 79 -
  Mitrovic 92 -
Goal attempts 19 5
On target 12 2
Shooting Accuracy 63% 40%
Possession 72% 28%
Passes 652 245
Passes Success 89% 70%
Crosses 18 10
Crosses Success 11% 40%
Corners 5 3
Tackles 12 12
Tackles Success 58% 67%
Saves 2 4
Fouls 6 14
Offsides 2 2
Yellows 2 6
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Fulham captain Tom Cairney speaking to Sky Sports:
"We've gone up in amazing fashion. I really do believe that if we can stay up one year, Fulham will be there for a long, long time.

"We'll enjoy this moment first before we think about next season but the goal will be to stay in the league."

Asked about Marco Silva's impact: "He's brought a hell of a lot. He's brought a professionalism, a desire, a work rate, a training ground mentality change by improving little things around the training ground like food. It sounds minor, but it's big.

"He's also brought attacking football; I've not played under a manager when you're 2-0 or 3-0 up at half-time and says, 'Go and score more goals in the second half' so he's different."

Fulham's final game of the season on Saturday will see them play away to Sheffield United, who will also be looking to secure their own play-off spot. Luton will host Reading, with both games kicking of at 12.30pm.

Fulham: Rodak, Tete, Ream, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Reed (Seri 72), De Cordova-Reid, Carvalho (Kebano 78), Cairney (Muniz 86), Wilson, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bryan, Chalobah, Hector, Gazzaniga

Cairney 29 (What a sensational finish from Cairney for Fulham's 100th league goal of the season! He plays a neat pass down the side of the area for Wilson, who finds his space before passing back to the Fulham captain. It's then a superb, curling effort into the back of the net from Cairney, giving this game a bit of an injection. )

Tete 39 ('SHOOT', they said - and he did! Kioso clears a ball into the area, but it only goes as far as Tete. He takes a touch to lose his man before listening to the crowd and shooting indeed, sending the ball past a sliding Luton defender and leaping Ingram and into the bottom corner. A superb finish and Fulham well on top now!)

Carvalho 54 (What a brilliant run from Carvalho and brilliant play all around from Fulham. The youngster finds Mitrovic in the middle before cutting in from the left. Mitrovic plays the ball through, with Wilson taking a little touch to see the ball into Carvalho's path before tapping it into the back of the net. Fulham cruising to the Championship title.)

Mitrovic 62 (With the way this game has been going, Mitrovic was always going to be on the scoresheet! It's a goal that arguably sums up Luton's afternoon since the opening goal - Wilson nicked through to win back possession before slotting through for Mitrovic. The striker picks it up, with Burke sliding through to try and stop the initial shot. But the ball is soon back at Mitrovic's feet as he slots home past Ingram. Another great Fulham goal. It's just all too easy.)

De Cordova-Reid 65 (Luton defenders Lockyer and Burke look at each other for this one - that's not a good sign. Carvalho manages to easily find his space before playing Decordova-Reid through. He wriggles between the two Luton players before slotting past Ingram. There's still 25 minutes to play and there could be a fair few more goals to come.)

Seri 79 (He's not been on for long - but it's six for Fulham! It's another goal from range as Luton fail to clear their lines properly as Seri lets fly from 20 yards, with the ball firing past Ingram. Fulham are winning the title in some style.)

Mitrovic 92 (INCREDIBLE! It's his 43rd Championship goal of the season, breaking Guy Whittingham's second tier record - Mitrovic is making more history! He's picked out on the left of the area and a battered Ingram can do nothing to stop him making history and securing an incredible win for Fulham.)

Booked: Wilson (93,f), Mitrovic (92,ex cel)

Luton Town: Ingram, Burke, Lockyer, Potts, Naismith, Bell, Snodgrass (Clark 67), Onyedinma (Kioso 31), Lansbury, Jerome (Muskwe 64), Hylton

Unused substitutes: Thorpe, Mendes Gomes, Isted, Cornick

Booked: Hylton (11,f), Lockyer (27,f), Snodgrass (35,f), Lansbury (37,f), Potts (51,f), Muskwe (85,f)

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Attendance: 19,538

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