The Star (Jamaica)

Bobby Reid scores as Fulham promoted to EPL

- LONDON, England (CMC):

Reggae Boy Bobby Reid netted his eighth goal of the campaign as Fulham clinched the English Football League Championsh­ip title with a 7-0 win over Luton Town yesterday.

Aleksandar Mitrovic stole the show, however, by reaching a record 43 goals in a season with a brace while Tom Cairney scored the team’s 100th goal of the campaign with a superb first-half strike. Bristol-born Reid, 28, made it 5-0, running between two defenders before slotting the ball beyond goalkeeper Matt Ingram, who was drafted in by Luton on an emergency loan from Hull City just 24 hours before kick-off. Mitrovic, a 27-year-old Serbian, added a seventh in injury time to become the most prolific second-tier scorer of a single campaign in the modern era.

Fulham have now scored 106 goals and are just two away from matching Manchester City, who were the last team to surpass 100 goals in English football’s second tier with 108 in 2001-02. Fulham face Sheffield United away on the final day of the season.

The defeat was Luton’s heaviest of the season and saw them drop a place to sixth. While a place in the play-offs is still in their hands, they need to beat Reading in their final game to ensure Middlesbro­ugh cannot overtake them.

Celebratin­g their return to the Premier League, Fulham boss Marco Silva said: “The aim to be champions was always in the dressing room. We knew what we wanted from the first day.”

 ?? AP ?? Fulham players celebrate with the trophy after winning the English Football League Championsh­ip with a 7-0 routing of Luton Town at Craven Cottage, London, England yesterday.
AP Fulham players celebrate with the trophy after winning the English Football League Championsh­ip with a 7-0 routing of Luton Town at Craven Cottage, London, England yesterday.

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