Burnley secured their third consecutive win across all competitions after fighting back from one goal down to register three points against Claudio Ranieri's spirited Fulham, even though the Clarets didn't register a single shot on target throughout the match.
The visitors took less than two minutes to break the deadlock and it came thanks to a moment of brilliance from
Going behind kicked Burnley
The turnaround was then completed thanks to another own goal just moments later. This time, Hendrick's cross ricocheted
Key Talking Point
Three points is three points at the end of the day, but Sean Dyche's side didn't register a single shot on target during their 2-1 win over Fulham.
Why score a goal when you can get the opposition to do it for you! pic.twitter.com/vW1zMjBqFD— Harry Carlton (@HarryCarlton55) January 12, 2019
Burnley - 0 shots on target, Burnley 2-1. How Fulham is that— Alex Scarsi (@Scarsi_) January 12, 2019
Only Fulham could be 2-1 down in a game where Burnley haven’t even had a shot on target— ° (@jake_ffc) January 12, 2019
While Chris Wood was a handful for defenders and Ashley Barnes came close (ish) with a long-range effort, the only action that goalkeeper Sergio Rico saw was dejectedly picking the ball out of his own net.
Heaton (6); Bardsley (7), Tarkowski (8), Mee (6), Taylor (6); Hendrick (8*), Cork (7), Westwood (6), McNeil (7); Wood (7), Barnes (6).
Substitutes: Vokes (N/A).
Not many would have predicted that
All of Burnley's players can hold their heads high following their performance against Fulham, but defender Charlie Taylor had a longer afternoon than most.
The former England Under-19 international was up against Fulham's in-form
Key Talking Point
If you've watched Fulham at all this season, you'll know all too well that Claudio Ranieri has a right old job on his hands if he's going to sure up the Cottagers' defence.
Although not much could be done about their two own goals, Fulham allowed the hosts to effortlessly get into their final third and for a 20 minute period in the first half, the ball was constantly bobbling around the visitors' penalty area.
Fulham couldn't defend a innocent man with forensic evidence— Rossi (@RossiFelgatti) January 12, 2019
On the bright side, might be the first time we've scored 3 in a half all season.— Tony Iovino (@tonyiovino) January 12, 2019
Only Fulham could score 3 goals and be 2-1 down.— Tobias Jarvis (@TobiasJarvis8) January 12, 2019
Ranieri knows all too well the importance of a solid defence when it comes to climbing up the table, but Fulham's current crop of defensive players are barely even performing at a Championship level this season, let alone meeting the Premier League's standard.
Rico (6); Odoi (5), Ream (6), Le Marchand (6), Christie (6); Chambers (7), Seri (5), Bryan (4);
Substitutes: Vietto (7)
Fulham might be making the long journey back to the capital empty handed, but
On Fulham's left side, Joe Bryan put in a performance which can only be described as a liability in defence, coupled with uninspiring in the attack.
Fulham's full-back was exposed all too often before he was eventually hooked in the second half, while he failed to string two passes together before giving the ball away and putting the visitors under pressure once again.
Burnley will look to make it three Premier League wins from as many games when they travel to Watford next week, before taking on Manchester City and Manchester United away from home in the FA Cup and league respectively.
Fulham, meanwhile, welcome Tottenham and Brighton to west London, but unlike Burnley, will get a full week to rest in between the games after getting knocked out of the FA Cup against Oldham last week.
Source : 90min