Aleksandar Mitrovic breaks stunning 46-game Championship season goal record as Fulham seal league title after hitting SEVEN against play-off hopefuls Luton
Fulham secured the Championship title in style as they thrashed in-form Luton Town 7-0 in a match that saw Aleksandar Mitrovic break the division’s 46-game season goalscoring record. The champions-elect took on the play-off contending Hatters in front of a packed Craven Cottage following a poor run of form, winning just one in their last […]
Fulham secured the Championship title in style as they thrashed in-form Luton Town 7-0 in a match that saw Aleksandar Mitrovic break the division’s 46-game season goalscoring record.
The champions-elect took on the play-off contending Hatters in front of a packed Craven Cottage following a poor run of form, winning just one in their last five.
A win would seal Marco Silva’s side the title, having already achieved promotion in April.
Meanwhile, Championship manager of the season Nathan Jones’s side were unbeaten in three entering into the clash, as the Hatters searched for a win to secure their place in the top six.
Luton competed well with the league leaders in the opening stages, demonstrating their physical prowess and showing why they’ve earnt their spot in the league’s coveted play-off spots.
However, it was the Cottagers who got the party started in the 28th minute, with captain Tom Cairney netting his third goal of the season from the edge of the box after the ball was pulled back by Harry Wilson.
Fulham skipper’s goal marked the west Londoner’s 100th goal of the campaign, a record last set in the division by Manchester City back in 2001/02.
Jones’ side were soon dealt another injury blow to add to their ever-increasing list as Fred Onyedinma was taken off with a hamstring injury.
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Fulham then went 2-0 up thanks to a thumping, long range effort from Kenny Tete from outside the area, that left Hatters keeper Matt Ingram unsighted and the rest of his side shellshocked.
The half time whistle couldn’t have come faster for the Bedfordshire side, with Tom Lockyer having to clear Wilson’s effort off the line to prevent the home side going 3-0 up just before the break.
Jones’ side earnt themselves four yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes after battling against an increasingly rampant Fulham side as the chance to seal their play-off spot looked to be sliding away.
Unfortunately for Luton, Silva’s side weren’t finished there, though.
Top scorer Mitrovic played the ball to Wilson before Liverpool target Fabio Carvalho netted the Premier League new boys’ third.
Not long after, Fulham scored their fourth through who else but Mitrovic. The Serbian timed his run to perfection as he calmly slotted his rebounded chance into the back of the net.
Mitrovic’s goal marked his 42nd of the campaign, meaning he went level with the league’s 46-game-a-season’s record holder Guy Whittingham, who achieved the feat with Portsmouth in the 1992/93 season.
Bobby De Cordova-Reid then found himself on the scoresheet, with Jean Michael Seri also doing so soon after.
There couldn’t have been a more fitting way for the champions to end the game than Mitrovic breaking Whittingham’s record, though.
Fulham’s star striker rounded the night off with his side’s seventh goal of the evening, beating Whittingham’s record and summing up an incredible season for Silva’s side.
Only former Middlesbrough player George Camsell’s tally remains superior to Mitrovic’s in the division’s history, setting the record of 59 back in 1927/28.
Fulham’s demolition of Luton sees the Hatters drop to sixth, denting their goal difference and leaving them just two points above play-off pushers Middlesbrough.
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