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Fulham missed a chance to get close to Premier League safety after Burnley rallied from a goal down to draw 1-1 at Turf Mooor.
The cottagers they were chasing back-to-back victories for the first time since last July to regain ground in the battle for relegation and took the lead in the 49th minute when Ola Aina unknowingly swerved into the net from Ademola Lookman’s corner in the pouring rain.
Up to that point Burnley they had been marginally on top in a tight game and Ashley Barnes deservedly brought them to the level three minutes later as the Clarets maintained their 70-year undefeated streak against Fulham at home.
Fulham’s last win at Burnley was in April 1951, but by avoiding defeat here, following a win at Everton last weekend, they moved a little closer to 17th-ranked Newcastle, having been 10 points behind the Magpies just a few days ago.
Scott parkerThe team could have a chance to further reduce the deficit when they face Sheffield United on Saturday night before Newcastle travel to Manchester United a day later.
Meanwhile, Burnley remains eight points ahead of Fulham, but his injury woes seem to show no signs of abating with Johann Berg Gudmundsson seemingly ready to join several of the top teams on the bench, while his replacement Robbie Brady lasted only. 25 minutes before being removed. .
There was very little attack style on the show in a lifeless first quarter hour before Ruben Loftus-Cheek won early bail after unnecessarily cutting off returning Charlie Taylor.
Burnley, however, gradually began to prevail, and Kevin Long was met by Dwight McNeil’s corner kick, who soared higher to drive a header over the bar in his first league start since Oct. 31.
Ashley Westwood then bit into the palms of Alphonse Areola, who must have been thankful that a sweetly timed 25-yard volley came straight at him, before Burnley was forced to make an early change.
After a harmless clash with Aina, Gudmundsson, who had scored in Burnley’s previous two league games, indicated a problem and then trudged through the tunnel after treatment when he was replaced by Brady.
Burnley misses the opportunity just before the break
The hosts finished the half on the rise and the unlikely figure of James Tarkowski sent a taunting low cross that simply evaded the desperate dives of Ashley Barnes and Jay Rodriguez at the near and far post respectively.
Rodriguez was denied for a light but vital touch from Areola in what was the biggest chance of a largely uneventful first half. However, the game came to life four minutes after the break when Fulham fortuitously took the lead.
Joachim Andersen launched a heeled volley attempt from Ademola Lookman’s corner and the ball bounced off the unconscious Aina’s chest and into the net, with Brady cutting off a punt attempt at the back post.
However, Fulham’s lead lasted only three minutes when Rodriguez cleverly leapt into space on the right before setting up Barnes, whose loss of control deflected Areola and allowed the Burnley forward an easier finish.
Burnley had to make another change shortly after Rodriguez tested Areola from an acute angle when Brady left with an apparent hamstring problem to be replaced by Josh Brownhill, returning from injury.
Josh Maja, the hero of both Fulham goals at Everton, turned and fired low into the corner, but Nick Pope saved well down the right while Loftus-Cheek couldn’t make enough contact with Ivan Cavaleiro’s corner.
Lookman huddled on the edge of the area when Fulham was forced to settle for its 10th draw of the season.