Fulham scored two own goals in three minutes as Burnley claimed victory in a crucial relegation battle at Turf Moor, without registering a single shot on target.

A stunning Andre Schurrle volley had seen the visitors take the lead after two minutes before defenders Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi both diverted the ball into their own net.

Jeff Hendrick was the provider for both goals, with the Republic of Ireland international’s drilled cross cannoning in off Bryan’s left leg for the equaliser.

And a clipped cross into the Fulham box from the left, saw Odoi head past Sergio Rico.

It is the first time since August 2003 that a team has scored two goals in the without a shot on target and Burnley have also become the fifth team to win a match in the competition without registering a single shot on target after , Watford, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Cottagers boss Clo Ranieri introduced Luciano Vietto off the bench in the second half, and the striker came closest to finding the equaliser with two good chances.

He was denied first by James Tarkowski on the line before Clarets captain Tom Heaton produced a fine save.

A third consecutive league win sees Burnley move up to 15th in the table, while a tenth defeat on the road means Fulham remain in 19th.

Burnley recover after early setback

Victory for ’s men saw Burnley become the first side since beat Watford in March 2017, to claim three points without a shot on target.

However, Schurrle’s sensational strike saw them make the worst possible start as they struggled to find any rhythm for the opening 15 minutes.

Hendrick, who was one of four players to retain his place in the starting line-up from last weekend’s FA Cup victory over Barnsley, was Burnley’s biggest threat.

As the home side began to impose themselves on the game, the midfielder had three shots – albeit all off target.

And when the equaliser eventually came, it was Hendrick who reacted quickest at the back post to collect a Dwight McNeil cross and his low centre ricocheted in off the helpless Bryan.

And the winner came after Hendrick switched sides and lifted a ball into the Fulham box from the left, and Odoi was equally as helpless as he nodded the ball into his own net.

In dreadful conditions, with rain and wind swirling round Turf Moor, Burnley also had the game’s best defender with Tarkowski making six clearances, the most in the game, in front of the watching England manager , and perhaps his best moment came when he kept out Vietto’s fierce effort on his own goalline with Heaton beaten.

Fulham’s defensive frailties exposed

While the scoreline was harsh on Fulham, who created the better chances and saw more of the ball, particularly in the second half when they had 71% of the possession, Ranieri will be most concerned with his side’s defending.

The Cottagers play with three centre-halves and two wing-backs, but the five-man defence lost possession 94 times between them at Turf Moor.

Having taken the lead, Fulham defenders were caught dawdling on the ball twice, as Maxime Le Marchand and Tim Ream both conceded possession in dangerous areas as Burnley were gaining a foothold in the game.

Two own goals in quick succession showed signs of inexperience and uncertainty at the heart of the worst defence in the – the Cottagers have conceded 49 goals – and Ranieri may look to shore up his back line in this transfer window with a relegation battle looming.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 26Bardsley
  • 5TarkowskiBooked at 72mins
  • 6Mee
  • 3Taylor
  • 13Hendrick
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 31McNeil
  • 11WoodSubstituted forVokesat 87′minutes
  • 10Barnes

Substitutes

  • 2Lowton
  • 9Vokes
  • 14Gibson
  • 16Defour
  • 20Hart
  • 27Vydra
  • 28Long

Fulham

  • 25Rico
  • 4Odoi
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 13Ream
  • 22ChristieBooked at 65mins
  • 5ChambersBooked at 34mins
  • 24Seri
  • 23BryanSubstituted forCairneyat 61′minutes
  • 14SchürrleSubstituted forKebanoat 77′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 3R SessegnonSubstituted forViettoat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 7Kebano
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Ayité
  • 19Vietto
  • 43S Sessegnon
  • 44Cissé
Referee:
Martin Atkinson
Attendance:
19,316

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 2, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Fulham 1.

Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham).

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham).

Tom Heaton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Attempt blocked. Calum Chambers (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Chris Wood.

Attempt blocked. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jean Michael Seri.

Attempt missed. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maxime Le Marchand with a cross.

Luciano Vietto (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces André Schürrle.

Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).

Phil Bardsley (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Maxime Le Marchand.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Attempt blocked. André Schürrle (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Attempt blocked. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Calum Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

James Tarkowski (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Charlie Taylor.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashley Barnes with a headed pass.

Booking

Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).

Ashley Westwood (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt blocked. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Tom Cairney replaces Joe Bryan.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Cork.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Attempt blocked. Luciano Vietto (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic with a headed pass.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).