Jean Michael Seri, signed from Nice in July, gave the hosts the perfect start by firing a wonderful 25-yard strike into the top-right of Joe Hart’s goal after just four minutes. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice as Fulham secured their first victory since returning to the Premier League in an eventful match against Burnley.
But Burnley were level in the 10th minute as Jeff Hendrick converted at the second attempt after good work from Aaron Lennon down the right flank. The home side enjoyed over two-thirds of the possession in the first half and both Andre Schurrle and the lively Timothy Fosu-Mensah had attempts that, though unable to trouble Hart, offered warnings to Burnley.
And it was a cleverly worked corner which allowed Mitrovic to head the home side back in front on 36 minutes, as Seri passed to Tom Cairney, whose perfectly weighted cross to the back post found the alert Serb. Seeking another quick response, the Clarets were caught on the break two minutes later, as Mitrovic beat Stephen Ward in the air to glance beyond Hart.
The visitors were playing their eighth competitive fixture of the season – whereas it was Fulham’s third – but were able to half their deficit before the break through James Tarkowski. The defender, who scored his first goal for the club as they were beaten 3-1 at home by Watford seven days ago, converted from close range for his second in two league matches.
Mitrovic missed numerous chances to complete his hat-trick in a much quieter second half and struck the post before Schurrle converted the rebound to add Fulham’s fourth with seven minutes remaining.
Source: BBC News