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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (53' PEN)

Fulham stun Bournemouth in Howe's 500th game as a manager

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Relegated Fulham beat listless Everton (1:09)

Goals from Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel gave relegated Fulham a deserved 2-0 win over a disappointing Everton side at Craven Cottage. (1:09)

Relegated Fulham ruined Eddie Howe's 500th game as a manager by beating Bournemouth 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday to secure their first away Premier League win of the season.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the only goal from the penalty spot after 53 minutes after the striker had been brought down by a careless challenge from Jack Simpson. The defender would never have been on the pitch had it not been for a bizarre series of injuries as Adam Smith was hurt in the warm-up and his replacement Junior Stanislaus went off after 23 minutes.

The Cherries still started strongly enough with Josh King side-footing over from close range after fine work from Ryan Fraser, who was also denied by a fine save from keeper Sergio Rico.

But the visitors showed great resilience to stay on level terms before showing more of a threat themselves with Denis Odoi's header forcing a fine save from 39-year-old keeper Artur Boruc.

With Ryan Babel heading over when free on goal, the visitors continued to impress although Mitrovic was fortunate to stay on the pitch after clashing with Nathan Ake.

The result gave Fulham, who beat Everton last week, their first back-to-back Premier League wins since April 2014.

Mitrovic paid tribute to Fulham's long-suffering fans, who had seen them take just two points on the road all season.

"It was unbelievable; since we were relegated everywhere we go our stand is full -- we have the best fans in the world, we really appreciate this," the striker said. "This season they were world class and deserve more.

"We need to keep fighting, playing for us, playing for them, for the club. We showed we can play in the Premier League. Of course we are really disappointed."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 26 +46 76
2 Manchester City 26 +38 54
3 Leicester City 26 +28 50
4 Chelsea 26 +7 41
5 Tottenham Hotspur 26 +9 40
6 Sheffield United 26 +4 39
7 Manchester United 26 +9 38
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 +3 36
9 Everton 26 -4 36
10 Arsenal 26 +2 34
11 Burnley 26 -9 34
12 Southampton 26 -16 31
13 Newcastle United 26 -16 31
14 Crystal Palace 26 -9 30
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 26 -7 27
16 AFC Bournemouth 26 -14 26
17 Aston Villa 26 -16 25
18 West Ham United 26 -15 24
19 Watford 26 -16 24
20 Norwich City 26 -24 18