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Aleksandar Mitrovic breaks second-tier scoring record as Fulham beats Luton to 7-0 to claim the Championship title

todayMay 2, 2022

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Fulham lift the trophy as they are crowned league champions after beating Luton Town 7-0

 

Fulham clinched the Sky Bet Championship in style, thrashing Luton Town 7-0 at Craven Cottage as Aleksandar Mitrovic broke yet another record.

The Serbian striker broke Guy Whittingham’s second-tier record of 42 goals in a single 46-game campaign with his two second-half strikes taking him onto 43 for the season with a game to play.

“It was special in a big win so I think we finished the season like we dreamed, like we wanted with a big win at home in front of our crowd and I broke the record, so everything was perfect.”

The stunning result in Fulham’s final home game of the season saw them lift the trophy in front of their own fans as they prepare for another season back in the Premier League.

 

After slipping up against Nottingham Forest in midweek, Fulham knew a win would see them secure the title. Luton themselves were not looking to be there to make up the numbers though, with a top-six finish in their sights with three points.

And although it was set to be an even affair in the first half an hour – both goalkeepers forced into early saves – once Fulham scored, they did not look back.

 

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic broke the record for most goals in a season in the second tier of English football.

The hosts notched up their 100th Championship goal of the season with Tom Cairney’s opener. He played a neat pass down the right of the area for Harry Wilson, who then returned the ball to his captain at the top. It was then a superb, curling hit from Cairney to see Fulham ahead.

 

Ten minutes later and a goal of similar quality doubled the lead. Peter Kioso – who replaced the injured Fred Onyedinma after the opening goal – headed the ball clear, but only as far as Kenny Tete who then rifled the ball home from 20 yards out with a fantastic strike.

 

Both Wilson and Cairney could have added the third either side of the break, but it was Fabio Carvalho who came up with the goods in the 54th minute.

 

It was a brilliant run from the youngster, cutting in from the left, with Mitrovic’s through ball tapped into his path by Wilson. Carvalho then picked up the pass before slotting home past Matt Ingram – and there were more goals yet to come in the second half.

 

Mitrovic then equalled Whittingham’s record with Fulham’s fourth. The striker picked up Wilson’s through ball, with his initial attempt bouncing off a sliding Reece Burke. However, the ball was immediately back at Mitrovic’s feet as he showed brilliant instincts to slot past Ingram.

 

The fifth of the evening was not far behind. Carvalho skipped across the top of the area before slotting the ball through for Bobby Decordova-Reid. He easily slipped between the two Luton defenders before finding the back of the net.

 

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Jean Michael Seri had been on for just seven minutes as he fired home Fulham’s sixth. It was from a similar distance to Tete’s too as Luton failed to clear their lines properly. Seri picked up the loose ball from 20 yards and rifled the ball home.

 

But there was more to come as Mitrovic sealed the Championship title in style while bagging yet another record. He was picked out on the left side of the area before slotting home into the far corner past a battered Ingram, celebrating with the fans behind the goal.

 

It will be a disappointing result for Luton, who will now be aiming for a win against Reading on Saturday to secure their spot in the Championship play-offs.

 

Fulham manager Marco Silva talks about Fabio Carvalho’s future and how he felt about Aleksandar Mitrovic breaking the goal record in a second tier 46-game season.

 

 

 

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