The Citizen (Gauteng)

Parker gutted as Fulham go down


London – Scott Parker (left) conceded he was ‘gutted’ as his Fulham side were relegated from the Premier League after limping to a 2-0 defeat at home by Burnley on Monday, in a match where they once again failed to threaten in front of goal.

The hosts were undone by two classy goals that sent Fulham back down to the Championsh­ip after a single season in the top flight following their promotion via the playoffs.

“I’m bitterly disappoint­ed, I’m hurt ... there’s no words that I can really put together, other than I’m gutted that we’ve not managed to be successful this year,” Parker told Sky Sports.

Since securing an unlikely 1-0 win over Liverpool in early March, Fulham have been in freefall, scoring just three goals and picking up a single point in the seven games since. They also conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to Arsenal and lost to Wolves after a late goal.

“In between both boxes this year, we’ve had our moments and looked a very, very good side. Where we’ve fallen short at times is the other side of that, and tonight again defensivel­y, the two goals are poor goals,” Parker explained.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was delighted with his side’s victory, which ensures a sixth straight season in the Premier League.

“I’m pleased for a lot of people at the club, it is important for the club, it is important for the town. It’s been a real challengin­g season,” he told

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