Ole Aina scores, despite Robbie Brady's attempted clearance on the line
Aina briefly gave Fulham hope of back-to-back wins with his second Fulham goal

Relegation-threatened Fulham lost some of the momentum built up by their win at Everton but showed battling qualities to claim a point at Burnley.

But they failed to repeat that bright and incisive display at Turf Moor against a typically hard-working and competitive Clarets side, who married their industry with the game’s main moments of attacking ingenuity.

It was the visitors, though, who took the lead, as much through fortune as design, with Ola Aina’s chested effort from a corner finding the net despite an attempted clearance from Robbie Brady on the line.

Crucially, the visitors were denied the time to draw confidence from the opener, with Burnley hitting back three minutes later through a well-taken Ashley Barnes finish, following a superb low ball from Jay Rodriguez.

The same two strikers had both narrowly failed to get a goal-bound touch on a superb low cross from James Tarkowski in the first half, while Rodriguez saw a low drive kicked away by Alphonse Areola shortly after his side had levelled the score.

The draw represents an opportunity missed for Burnley to put further ground between themselves and the London side, with the gap between the two a sizeable but not yet entirely comfortable eight points.

Scott Parker’s side remain six points shy of safety, with Newcastle the 17th-placed side most in danger of being reeled in.

A point gained, or two lost for Fulham?

Earning a result at Burnley against a side built to expose the mental and physical weaknesses in an opponent, especially a newly promoted one, is not an easy task.

In doing so, Fulham have further demonstrated their growth into a top-flight side, after claiming a number of creditable draws earlier in the campaign and then dispatching an aspiring big-hitter in Everton last weekend.

Unfortunately, the Cottagers’ development could have come too late.

Only wins will really eat into the gap between themselves and safety and they cannot afford to let one slip from their grasp when it is there to be had.

It is why Parker and his side will be so disappointed at the speed and manner with which they conceded the equaliser at Turf Moor, throwing away the lead and momentum they had seized by allowing Barnes a free run in on goal to finish.

They had been on the back foot for large periods before that and were indebted to a bit of fortune for their goal, but aesthetics come a distant second to actual points right now.

The biggest positive for Burnley will be that their advantage over the Cottagers remains the same as it was before kick-off.

With the likes of Newcastle and Palace in far worse form than they are, and Brighton a point worse off, they will feel relatively calm about their situation.

What will worry manager Dyche is further injuries to his already depleted squad, with Johan Berg Gudmundsson having to depart, and his replacement Robbie Brady also needing to be replaced.

There is no respite for either side, with both facing further important fixtures at the weekend.

Burnley host West Brom, the side a place below Fulham in the table, while Parker’s men welcome bottom club Sheffield United to Craven Cottage.

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Burnley

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player namePope

    Average rating

    6.55

  2. Squad number2Player nameLowton

    Average rating

    6.40

  3. Squad number28Player nameLong

    Average rating

    6.43

  4. Squad number5Player nameTarkowski

    Average rating

    7.72

  5. Squad number3Player nameTaylor

    Average rating

    6.12

  6. Squad number7Player nameGudmundsson

    Average rating

    5.68

  7. Squad number18Player nameWestwood

    Average rating

    6.07

  8. Squad number4Player nameCork

    Average rating

    5.95

  9. Squad number11Player nameMcNeil

    Average rating

    6.03

  10. Squad number10Player nameBarnes

    Average rating

    6.68

  11. Squad number19Player nameRodriguez

    Average rating

    6.46

Substitutes

  1. Squad number8Player nameBrownhill

    Average rating

    5.86

  2. Squad number12Player nameBrady

    Average rating

    4.77

Fulham

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameAreola

    Average rating

    5.78

  2. Squad number2Player nameTete

    Average rating

    5.68

  3. Squad number5Player nameAndersen

    Average rating

    6.11

  4. Squad number16Player nameTosin

    Average rating

    5.79

  5. Squad number34Player nameAina

    Average rating

    6.30

  6. Squad number15Player nameLoftus-Cheek

    Average rating

    5.78

  7. Squad number21Player nameReed

    Average rating

    5.78

  8. Squad number18Player nameLemina

    Average rating

    5.38

  9. Squad number19Player nameLookman

    Average rating

    5.73

  10. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

    Average rating

    5.57

  11. Squad number27Player nameMaja

    Average rating

    5.95

Substitutes

  1. Squad number17Player nameCavaleiro

    Average rating

    5.71

  2. Squad number29Player nameZambo Anguissa

    Average rating

    5.30

  3. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

    Average rating

    5.23

Line-ups

Burnley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pope
  • 2Lowton
  • 28Long
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 3Taylor
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forBradyat 40′minutesBooked at 46minsSubstituted forBrownhillat 65′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 11McNeil
  • 10Barnes
  • 19Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 8Brownhill
  • 12Brady
  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 34Dunne
  • 41Benson
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon
  • 46Mumbongo

Fulham

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Areola
  • 2TeteSubstituted forRobinsonat 78′minutes
  • 5Andersen
  • 16Tosin
  • 34Aina
  • 15Loftus-CheekBooked at 16mins
  • 21Reed
  • 18LeminaSubstituted forZambo Anguissaat 61′minutes
  • 19Lookman
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forCavaleiroat 67′minutes
  • 27Maja

Substitutes

  • 3Hector
  • 4Odoi
  • 12Rodák
  • 13Ream
  • 17Cavaleiro
  • 25Onomah
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 30Kongolo
  • 33Robinson

Referee:
Jonathan Moss

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Burnley 1, Fulham 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Fulham 1.

  3. Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from very close range misses to the left following a corner.

  4. Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

  5. Foul by Joachim Andersen (Fulham).

  6. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Attempt missed. Ademola Lookman (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Josh Maja.

  8. Foul by Ademola Lookman (Fulham).

  9. James Tarkowski (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Foul by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham).

  11. Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Attempt missed. Josh Maja (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek with a cross.

  13. Ademola Lookman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

  15. Substitution, Fulham. Antonee Robinson replaces Kenny Tete.

  16. Attempt missed. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

  17. Ademola Lookman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

  19. Foul by Kenny Tete (Fulham).

  20. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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