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  • By Alessandro Schiavone

Chelsea's David Fofana pegs Fulham back in 2-2 draw at Burnley

By Alessandro Schiavone at Turf Moor

Burnley 2-2 Fulham

Goals: 17' Palhinha (F), 21' Muniz (F), 71' and 91' Fofana (B)

Chelsea loanee David Fofana earned himself 'local' bragging rights after coming off the bench to haunt his former (and future?) next-door neighbours Fulham in 2-2 draw with Burnley.

While Chelsea are struggling for goals right now, the Ivorian is doing it for their closest rivals. And this while still on their wage bill.

But Fulham should be kicking themselves for failing to kill the game off and make it a first win at Turf Moor in 73 years when 2-0 up at half-time. Early on a Joao Palhinha header following a corner and a Muñiz chip looked to have secured all three points.

Marco Silva's Cottagers were in charge while the Clarets sat on their hands and looked like rabbits in the headlights each time Fulham played the odd long ball in behind.

Second-from-bottom Burnley were not at the races until the hour-mark while Fulham kept laying siege at James Trafford's goal. Yet without success.

And there will be many "if onlys" crossing Silva and his disappointed players' minds tonight.

At 2-0 down, keeper Trafford made four excellent saves to deny Willian twice down his left, a bullet Tosin Adarabioyo header and Muñiz at his near-post.

Where would Burnley have been without their young prodigy in goal today? It's never a good sign when your keeper is the MVP but his tsunami of saves proved monumental in the economy of the game as it sowed the seeds for a late revival.

With 20 minutes still to play, Fofana reduced the arrears after getting on the end of Denis Franchi's cross.

Fulham were sailing close to the wind but just when they thought they'd won it, the Ivorian bundled home the 2-2 equaliser in the 91st minute.

Tim Ream, trying to intervene, came a split second too late as Burnley maintain their unbeaten record over the Cottagers.

And what a huge point it could prove to be come the end of the season.

As for Fulham, they can do with a Blues loanee of their own in the name of Armando Broja to try and find the goals Aleksandr Mitrovic used to deliver on match-daily basis.


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