Parker ‘gutted’ as Fulham’s relegation from Premier League confirmed

Scott Parker says he
is ‘gutted’ after Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed
with a 2-0 defeat to Burnley.

London club Fulham will now join already-demoted West
Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United in the second-tier Championship next
season.

Fulham had to avoid defeat at Craven Cottage on Monday to
maintain their slim hopes of beating the drop.

But first-half goals from Burnley’s Ashley Westwood and
Chris Wood put paid to their chances of staying up.

Fulham’s defeat also meant all three relegation places were
decided with at least three games to go, ensuring there would be no last-day
drama in the battle to beat the drop.

“It has been looming but it doesn’t hide the
disappointment, hurt and sadness I feel tonight,” Fulham manager Scott
Parker told the BBC.

“It’s inevitable now. I am gutted.

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“Tonight is how the season has gone at times. Between
the two boxes we did very well. The difference was defensively the two goals we
conceded were poor and in the final moment when you need to score and make good
decisions we did not have that.”

‘Rollercoaster’

Monday’s reverse meant Fulham went straight back down after
a season in the top flight, with Parker adding: “The club needs to make
big decisions.

“We’ve had a relegation, a promotion and a relegation.
The rollercoaster of that and the highs and lows is not something you
want.”

Burnley were sold in February to a US-based consortium and
Clarets manager Sean Dyche was proud of the way the Clarets had coped on and
off the field during some uncertain times for the northwest side.

“It is important for the club, it is important for the
town,” he said.

“It’s been a real challenging season with the sale of
the club.

“There was not a lot of investment from the outgoing
owners and we’ve had a lot of injury problems,” he added.

Burnley were twice denied early by Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse
Areola, before they went ahead in the 35th minute when Westwood, found at the
back post by Matej Vydra, slotted the ball into the net.

The visitors then doubled their lead a minute before the
break when Wood let fly with a shot into the top corner.

Areola appeared fortunate to stay on the field in the 67th
minute when, after he had raced out his area, the ball appeared to come off the
keeper’s arm as Vydra tried to go around him.

But there was no VAR intervention, with officials deciding
Areola had escaped a red card because the presence of a covering defender meant
there had not been a denial of a goalscoring opportunity.

VAR is not empowered to recommend a booking, hence the lack
of even a yellow card.

But Fulham’s luck ran out at the other end of the pitch in
the 70th minute when Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa’s shot beat Burnley keeper Nick
Pope only to bounce clear off the underside of the bar.

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