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Football | Fulham relegated after loss to Burnley

Fulham have been relegated from the Premier League after a 2-0 home defeat to Burnley at Craven Cottage on Monday.

Ashley Westwood and Chris Wood found the net for Burnley, who have preserved their top flight status for another season at the expense of their London opponents. The win sees the Clarets climb up to 14th in the table after 35 matches.

Scott Parker's hosts, who needed to win all four of their remaining Premier League matches to avoid the drop, will now join fellow relegated clubs Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion in the Championship next season.

After surviving several scares in the opening half hour, including a goal from Wood which was ruled out due to an offside, Fulham fell behind in the 35th minute.

Matej Vydra collected the ball down Burnley's left and beat Joachim Andersen before pulling the ball back across the box.

The onrushing Westwood slid the ball into an empty net from eight yards to give Sean Dyche's men the lead.

Fulham's task became even harder on the stroke of half time, with Wood doubling Burnley's lead with a clinical half-volley from 18 yards.

Parker's men were unable to find a way back into the game in the second half, and the final whistle condemned Fulham back to the second tier after a single season in the Premier League.

"I'm hurt, I'm gutted," Parker said afterwards.

"This has been looming for us, we've flirted with it for a long time, there are no words that I can say other than I am gutted we have not been successful this year. Staying in this division was success for us, we knew it was always going to be a challenge, but it is bitterly disappointing not to do that.

"The performance levels have been there, the fine margins and gulf in class in this division are so small. We've been so close at times but yet so far. Over the last five or six games, we've just fallen short."

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