The Warmdown: Fulham show they can escape the drop with point at Burnley
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Burnley absences continue to cause concern

With key players such as Chris Wood and Ben Mee still sidelined, Sean Dyche's side are struggling to produce strong performances. Although Kevin Long deputised fairly well for Mee alongside James Tarkowski, it was still a poorly defended corner that led to the Clarets conceding. The leadership qualities that Mee possesses are crucial to Burnley's resolute defence, and when he is missing it usually seems to be an uphill task to keep a clean sheet.

Full-back Matt Lowton impressed again against Fulham, managing to get involved in attacking areas as well as maintaining his defensive duties. Burnley can only hope Mee, as well as many others on the injury list, will return quickly to help Burnley secure Premier League survival. The goal tonight was down to a rare moment of brilliance from Jay Rodriguez where the striker let the ball run through his legs to beat the defender before proving an inch-perfect pass to Ashley Barnes who had an easy finish.

Apart from this, Burnley laboured to create clear-cut chances once again. 

Fulham look the only team capable of escaping the drop 

Although they will probably be smarting after tonight's result having felt they could've left with the three points, Fulham should still feel happy with the way they approached the game. To get a point away at Turf Moor in their first season back in the Premier League is no easy task - and the football they play is certainly attractive.

With forwards like Ademola Lookman, Josh Maja and Ruben Loftus-Cheek they are able to play fast-paced fluid football, with full-backs Kenny Tete and Ola Aina also getting involved down the flanks wherever they can. This is largely credit to manager Scott Parker, but you feel that unless he can also shore up the leaky defence Fulham will find it difficult to escape relegation. 

A night to forget for Lemina and Brady

Tonight's game proved difficult for certain players, with both sides making substitutions early in the second half. Robbie Brady was hooked in the 65th minute, having only come on in the 40th minute to replace the injured Johann Berg Gudmundsson. In his short stint on the pitch the Irish international also failed to keep out Aina's fluky attempt on goal, with Brady slicing across the ball while stood on the far post. He also managed to pick up a yellow card as well as a caution. This season has proved difficult for Brady through both injury and form, and he will be hoping to kick on and find his feet before the summer. 

Mario Lemina was also brought off in the 61st minute, having struggled to keep pace with the game at times. He often failed to find his teammates with simple passes, and also looked slightly short of match fitness- this could be down to a lack of playtime until recent weeks. 

The result hurts both teams 

With tonight's result meaning the points difference stays the same between the two teams, it leaves them both in a tough situation. Fulham desperately needed the three points to help them make up the six-point gap between them and 17th-placed Newcastlewhile Burnley needed the points to help them push on to guaranteeing safety. Burnley's nearby competition include Newcastle, Brighton and Crystal Palace while Fulham will be hoping at least one of these teams continue to slump further down the table. Palace or Newcastle look the most likely, with both sides lacking quality as well as star players Wilfried Zaha (Palace) and Callum Wilson (Newcastle) due to injury. Time will tell, but it is certain that it will be a close race. 

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