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Fulham defeated by Burnley ~ Ch. Match Report MD36

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Match Report

Fulham (2) 2-3 (1) Burnley

Championship Match Day 36 1516 at Cravan Cottage

Tuesday 7th March 2016    KO: 19:45

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Fulham striker Ross McCormack
Fulham striker
Ross McCormack
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Andre Gray scored the winner for Burnley as the Sky Bet Championship leaders came from behind to win 3-2 at Fulham in a thrilling encounter.

The hosts had led 2-1 at the break after goals from Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele had responded to Sam Vokes' early header.

But Vokes put Burnley level from the spot after Tom Cairney had fouled Joey Barton before Gray scored his 22nd of the season to win a dramatic game.

A game between the Championship's two highest scoring teams was always going to produce goals.

McCormack's cross was cut out by Tom Heaton early on while Ryan Fredericks' last-ditch tackle denied Scott Arfield at the other end.

But Vokes put Burnley ahead on nine minutes by heading home from Arfield's corner.

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele
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Moussa Dembele
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It could have quickly been 2-0 as Barton's free-kick from 25 yards went just wide.

Fulham suddenly found their stride and were level after 17 minutes as McCormack scored his 20th of the season from an excellent through ball by Dembele.

And it was to be Dembele who put Fulham in front seven minutes later as he chested home from two yards out following Luke Garbutt's threatening cross.

Burnley were aggrieved as George Boyd went down in the area under a challenge from McCormack and then shortly afterwards Gray found the net but the goal was disallowed for handball.

But Fulham did not look like a side that had started the day five points above the drop zone.

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Match Stats Fulham Burnley
Goals (2) 2 3 (1)
Scorers McCormack 17 Vokes 9
Scorers Dembele 22 Vokes pen 49
    Gray 61
Goal attempts 18 10
On target 6 3
Shooting Accuracy 33% 30%
Possession 56% 44%
Passes 356 281
Pass Success 70% 60%
Crosses 29 15
Crosses Success 7% 20%
Corners 5 6
Tackles 14 16
Tackles Success 88% 62%
Saves 0 4
Fouls 9 12
Offsides 1 5
Yellows 1 2
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet
And they will feel they should have wrapped the game up before the break as Cairney was denied by a wonder save from Heaton at point black range from McCormack's cross after an express counter attack.

It proved to be a big moment in the game and Burnley stepped up an extra gear at the start of the second half.

Vokes took penalty responsibility four minutes after the restart after sharing the duties with Gray this season. But he made no mistake by sending home keeper Andy Lonergan the wrong way.

Fulham continued to create chances with Garbutt denied by another good Heaton saved while McCormack then blazed over the bar from a good position.

But Burnley went on to claim what could be a priceless win with Gray scoring the winner out of nowhere.

The summer signing from Brentford had been well marked for an hour but he got the better of Michael Madl on 61 minutes to give Burnley all three points and leave Fulham in trouble.

Fulham: Lonergan; Madl, Burn (Ince 83'), Amorebieta; Fredericks, Tunnicliffe, Parker (Matt Smith 83'), Cairney, Garbutt; McCormack, Dembele
Subs not used: Lewis, Jazz Richards, Ream, Baird, O'Hara

McCormack 17 (right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Moussa Dembele with a through ball.),
Dembele 22 (right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.),

Booked: Madl (85,f)

Burnley : Heaton; Lowton, Michael Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Ulvestad (Marney 59'), Barton, Arfield; Vokes, Gray
Subs not used: Robinson, Tarkowski, Darikwa, Kightly, Taylor, Hennings

Vokes 9 (header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Arfield with a cross following a corner.)
Vokes pen 49 (converts penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal. Penalty conceded by Tom Cairney after a foul in the penalty area.)
Gray 61 (right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.)

Booked: Boyd (70,f), Arfield (89,tw)

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Attendance: 15,281

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