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Fulham 2-3 Burnley

Andre Gray
Andre Gray has scored the winning goal for Burnley in their last three games

Burnley moved four points clear at the top of the Championship after coming from behind to beat Fulham.

The Clarets led when Sam Vokes headed home a corner but Ross McCormack levelled with a powerful shot.

Moussa Dembele converted a Luke Garbutt centre to put the hosts in front.

The visitors equalised when Vokes slotted home from the penalty spot after Joey Barton had been clipped in the area, before Andre Gray rifled home a great finish to give Burnley the win.

Burnley, who had not won at Fulham since 1980, stretched their lead at the top thanks to Middlesbrough's surprise defeat at Rotherham.

The game pitted the Championship's two highest-scoring teams against one another and it took less than 10 minutes for Vokes to break the deadlock with his 11th goal of the season.

Struggling Fulham turned the match on its head with two goals in five minutes from their front two but defensive frailties ultimately cost them once again.

Gray, signed for a fee of around £9m from Brentford in August, has now scored 20 Championship goals in 31 appearances for Sean Dyche's side.

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We played a very good game but in this game the result is more important. It's very difficult when you need to score four to win. We need to be more solid to compete in this division.

"It's very complicated for us to score so many goals to win games, that's our problem. These goals do not give us enough points. They score goals always but it is true we are not enough solid to compete.

"It is the fifth penalty in nine games, it is too many penalties. It is so very easy to score a goal. We don't find many more benefits to make chances. This is our moment, we need to be more solid."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"Andre has a marvellous habit of not being disappointed to miss. He has so much power but [Sam] Vokes was tremendous as well.

"We can't worry about the other results, that's an anomaly, we can't control that. Tonight gives me belief in how we operate. You can't guarantee the outcome of every game.

"Consistency is difficult to find. I expected a lot of my players but they are human. To deliver constant high-level performances is difficult."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 24Lonergan
  • 15MadlBooked at 85mins
  • 33BurnSubstituted forInceat 83'minutes
  • 45Amorebieta
  • 7Fredericks
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forSmithat 83'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 3Garbutt
  • 44McCormack
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 2Richards
  • 9Smith
  • 12Lewis
  • 13Ream
  • 22Baird
  • 23O'Hara
  • 31Ince

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Lowton
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21BoydBooked at 70mins
  • 20UlvestadSubstituted forMarneyat 59'minutes
  • 13Barton
  • 37ArfieldBooked at 89mins
  • 9Vokes
  • 7Gray

Substitutes

  • 8Marney
  • 11Kightly
  • 15Taylor
  • 17Robinson
  • 18Hennings
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
15,281

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Burnley 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Burnley 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Mee.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Keane.

  6. Post update

    Matt Smith (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Garbutt (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  11. Booking

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Michael Madl.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joey Barton (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Booking

    Michael Madl (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).

  16. Post update

    Andre Gray (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Scott Parker.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Rohan Ince replaces Dan Burn.

  19. Post update

    Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley362011557292871
2Middlesbrough35207847212667
3Brighton361714549341565
4Hull34197848202864
5Derby361612847321560
6Sheff Wed361414850361456
7Cardiff36141394740755
8Ipswich351510104442255
9Birmingham35159114034654
10Preston361213113333049
11QPR361114114342147
12Wolves361210144550-546
13Nottm Forest351112123331245
14Reading351111134141044
15Leeds351014113440-644
16Blackburn351013123532343
17Brentford35127164855-743
18Huddersfield36119164749-242
19Fulham36813155561-637
20Bristol City36910173257-2537
21MK Dons3699183048-1836
22Rotherham36105214059-1935
23Charlton36611193266-3429
24Bolton36414183560-2526
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