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Match Report ~ Fulham draw at Burnley ~ Prem MD24 20/21

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Match Report

Burnley (0) 1-1 (0) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 24 at Turf Moor

Wednesday 17th February 2021     KO: 18:00

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Live on Sky Sports

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Premier League relegation rivals Burnley and Fulham shared the points in a 1-1 draw with two quickfire goals after half-time.

Wednesday night's game at Turf Moor had been rearranged from early January after a coronavirus outbreak at Fulham postponed the original tie.

The first half was the tight affair you would expect from two sides towards the bottom of the table, although Burnley should have taken the lead late on.

After the break, it was Fulham that struck first as Ola Aina (49) turned a corner home with his chest, with Robbie Brady unable to clear the ball off the line. But some lax defending saw Burnley hit back soon after, as Ashley Barnes (52) was afforded acres of space to slot home.

The draw does not do too much to ease Fulham's relegation worries and they remain six points away from safety. Burnley - who have not lost at home to Fulham since 1951 - move above Brighton into 15th with an eight-point cushion from the bottom three.

It was a tentative first half at Turf Moor but Burnley saw the better of the chances. Ashley Westwood played a sensational long pass through for Barnes, but the striker skewed his shot, missing the ball completely, before Alphonse Areola collected. Just after, Westwood fired goalwards from a cleared corner, but it went straight at the Fulham goalkeeper.

Match Stats Burnley Fulham
Goals (0) 1 1 (0)
Scorers Barnes 52 Aina 49
Goal attempts 8 8
On target 3 3
Shooting Accuracy 38% 38%
Possession 46% 54%
Passes Success 68% 73%
Corners 5 5
Tackles Success 58% 64%
Saves 2 2
Fouls 7 13
Offsides 6 0
Yellows 1 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
With minutes left to play, both sides saw their best chances of the half. Fulham's came from a neat corner routine as Ademola Lookman pulled his delivery back to the waiting Mario Lemina, but he fired his shot well over the crossbar from outside the area.

Burnley should have scored with one of the final plays before half-time. James Tarkowski flashed a sensational cross in from the left, which a sliding Barnes missed at the near post. Areola then made a vital touch to send the ball away from the incoming Rodriguez just behind.

In contrast to the opening 45 minutes, it was an incredibly fast start to the second half, with both sides scoring. Fulham initially took the lead in strange circumstances. Lookman delivered a corner, which was flicked on by Joachim Andersen before being turned home by Aina's chest. In a similar scenario to the goal conceded against Brighton a few weeks ago, Robbie Brady was on the line but swung wildly at the ball as it flew past him. VAR checked the goal for handball, but it was only a quick check, with Aina's effort correctly allowed to stand.

But Fulham's lead lasted all of two minutes as some poor defending allowed Burnley to equalise. Jay Rodriguez was slipped through on the right, dinking the ball easily past Tosin Adarabioyo before driving down the wing. He then swept the ball in front of Barnes, who had acres of space to make up for a poor first touch as he easily slotted home past Areola.

It was Burnley who then pushed for the second. Areola was forced into a save just before the hour as Rodriguez fired his way, but the goalkeeper saw it away with a foot. Charlie Taylor then sent in a cross from the right, but Brady nodded well wide of the target.

The pendulum soon began to swing in Fulham's favour though. Ivan Cavaleiro was a welcome addition in attack, picking out Maja at the top after a good midfield run, but the new Fulham striker could not beat Nick Pope.

Loftus-Cheek then played in a pacey cross, but neither Maja nor Lookman were ready as the former's attempt bounced off his team-mate before going wide. Lookman then sent an effort curling high and wide as Fulham registered their tenth draw of the season.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "It's another point on the board and that's important. We're stripped to the bare bones once again so certainly committed, without a doubt.

"In the first half, I thought we gave a good performance. We found a good balance to our play, we were effective and we tried to ask questions. Defensively, we kept very tight. In the second half, they get their noses in front with a poor goal from our point of view.

"But then, as we do, the reaction was excellent. Some great play from Rodriguez and a lovely finish from Barnsey and then you're back in it, they have to throw everything at you and I thought we defended it out well considering how many changes we've had to make and had to make even during the game tonight.

"I remember many moons ago, Ian Holloway said we had a strong jaw and I think he's right. There's a strong mentality here, we don't get knocked easily and I think you saw that because the demand for the team to keep playing, keep working, keep trying to step onto the front foot...

"And Fulham fully committed. They had a stronger second half at times and they kept the ball without really opening us up, which I was pleased with. With all the players we're having to change at the moment, I'm pleased overall.

"Our [benchmark] is to get as many wins as we can. Keep performing, keep taking on every game, keep taking on the challenges that are in-house at the moment with our injuries. But we've got a great mentality to get something from the game and we'll have to keep doing that until we get bodies fit again."

Fulham manager Scott Parker: "We came here and wanted to win the game, that was our plan but saying that, we certainly understood what the game was going to be like. It's a tough place to come, they make the game scrappy.

"In the first half, I thought we struggled a little bit. We tried to correct that at half-time and I think that worked. We got our noses in front and really disappointed with the goal we conceded because it's a poor goal.

"But as the game was going on, we came into the game. We'll take a point and we didn't get beaten here. We had some big chances at the end, but they didn't go in. We regroup now, it's four points so far this week coming to a tough place and we've got to go again now on Saturday, which is another tough game.

"I'll stand here for the rest of the season now with every game we're going into, it's going to be big for us. I think we understand that. I think it was 10 points difference [to safety] only a few weeks ago and this team have got absolute honest belief and confidence and so have I."

Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor, McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson ((Brady 40) Brownhill 65), Rodriguez, Barnes.

Unused substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Norris, Bardsley, Dunne, Benson, Discoll, Glennon, Mumbongo.

Barnes 52 (Rodriguez is fed on the right chance, dinking the ball sweetly past Adarabioyo before driving down the wing. He then sweeps the ball through for Barnes who has absolutely no one near him and it's an essentially easy finish for the striker. Tete is just behind him with his hands up at a jogging pace, but Barnes is well onside. Play to the whistle clearly not on the defender's mind there. )

Booked: Brady (46,f),

Fulham: Areola, Tete (Robinson 77), Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, Reed, Lemina (Anguissa 61), Loftus-Cheek, De Cordova-Reid (Cavaleiro 67), Lookman, Maja.

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Hector, Odoi, Ream, Onomah, Kongolo,

Aina 49 (Lookman delivers the corner and it flashes through to Aina deep in the throng, and he turns it home with his chest. Brady is on the line and swings a leg at it, but it misses the ball completely. It's very reminiscent of the goal Burnley scored against Brighton a few weeks ago when Gudmundsson failed to stop a Lewis Dunk header on the line. )

Booked: Loftus-Cheek (16,f),

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Attendance: 0

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