Fulham 3 Burnley 0: Murphy, Elm and Zamora condemn Laws to fifth loss

10 February 2010 12:15
Bobby's on the beat: Zamora scores Fulham's third

Burnley head to Portugal for a training camp on Wednesday and Brian Laws must hope the jaunt finally cures his side's travel sickness after Fulham consigned them to yet another away defeat.

Goals from Danny Murphy, David Elm and Bobby Zamora moved Fulham to within eight points of the magic 42 and, even with their injury problems, hitting that Premier League survival target should not prove beyond them.

Burnley, by contrast, remain in serious danger of a swift return to the Championship, with Laws' team two points above the relegation zone.

Laws said: 'We needed to have a steely determination and the performance wasn't up to standard. But the first two goals were offside and the TV pictures show the referee and the linesman got it wrong.

'We have to start picking up points away from home and we are trying to change the mind-set. One or two heads went down and we cannot have that.'

It will be all white on the night: Elm scores past a sprawling Brian Jensen to give Fulham a 2-0 lead

It took just 23 minutes for Fulham to make their home advantage count when Elm's header across goal was steered in by Murphy.

Dickson Etuhu came close to doubling the lead with a 25-yard drive moments later, forcing a fine stop from Brian Jensen. But Fulham's second goal was not long in coming.

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Jensen could only parry Zamora's shot into the path of Elm, who had a simple tap-in on the half hour for his first Fulham goal.

Tyrone Mears came closest to pulling one back, curling a free-kick against Mark Schwarzer's right-hand post.

Zamora nearly made it 3-0 five minutes after the restart and Burnleywere once again indebted to Jensen, who kept out the Fulham striker'sshot with a one-handed save.

Hodgson's Fulham are up to ninth thanks to their convincing win over Burnley

But Zamora made amends by sending a free-kick low around a badly-positioned wall and beyond Jensen into the bottom-left corner.

Hodgson said: 'This victory lay in our concentration, hard work andquality of our defending. We did not give them space and the forwardswere excellent showing for the ball. If we play as well as that we're atough nut to crack.'

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