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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Jean Michaël Seri (4')
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (36', 38')
  • André Schürrle (83')
  • Jeff Hendrick (10')
  • James Tarkowski (41')

Fulham thrash Burnley for first win since return to Premier League

Two goals in three minutes by Aleksandar Mitrovic helped promoted Fulham to a first win of the Premier League campaign on Sunday when they beat Burnley 4-2 at Craven Cottage.

Jean Michael Seri, an Ivory Coast international who was another of the Londoners' expensive close-season signings, opened the scoring in only the fourth minute but Jeff Hendrick soon equalised.

Mitrovic, signed from Newcastle after a loan period last season, struck in the 36th and 38th minutes before James Tarkowski cut the arrears to 3-2 by halftime.

Andre Schurrle scored late on to confirm Burnley's drop into the bottom three.

After finishing seventh last season -- their highest position since 1974 -- Clarets fans will now be concerned that competing in the Europa League is now adversely affecting their domestic performances. Sean Dyche's team have already played five European games and have another one on Thursday, when they must retrieve a 3-1 deficit at home to Olympiakos Piraeus.

They twice failed to deal with crosses that allowed Mitrovic to beat goalkeeper Joe Hart, one of six players left out for the away leg in Greece.

One of the five survivors, Icelandic international Johann Berg Gudmundsson, had to be substituted in the first 20 minutes because of injury.

Although Tarkowski's goal before halftime kept them in the contest, Mitrovic could have had a hat-trick. He hit the post before Schurrle knocked in the rebound.

"Every goal is a nice goal, great feeling, but the most important thing is we grab the three points and give the fans a nice afternoon," Mitrovic said.

"We have so many new players, they came from different leagues and some don't speak English but this is the best league, we want to stay with the best and we will work hard to do that."

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English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 12 +31 32
2 Liverpool 12 +18 30
3 Chelsea 12 +19 28
4 Tottenham Hotspur 12 +10 27
5 Arsenal 12 +11 24
6 AFC Bournemouth 12 +5 20
7 Watford 12 +3 20
8 Manchester United 12 -1 20
9 Everton 12 +4 19
10 Leicester City 12 +1 17
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 -1 16
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -5 14
13 West Ham United 12 -4 12
14 Newcastle United 12 -6 9
15 Burnley 12 -13 9
16 Crystal Palace 12 -9 8
17 Southampton 12 -13 8
18 Cardiff City 12 -14 8
19 Huddersfield Town 12 -16 7
20 Fulham 12 -20 5