Fulham thrashed 4-0 by Newcastle in final Premier League appearance
Already-relegated Fulham’s season in the Premier League came to an end with a whimper rather than a bang on Sunday as they were hammered 4-0 at home by Newcastle United.
Goals from Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez, Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon meant Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle ended the season in 13th place.
Scott Parker, now in charge at Fulham on a full-time basis, now faces the task of engineering his side’s return from the second-tier Championship after ending the season in 19th place.
Shelvey smashed in his first goal of the season in the ninth minute, bringing down a high corner kick outside the area before unleashing a thunderbolt over the heads of the Fulham defenders and beyond the reach of keeper Sergio Rico.
Perez doubled the visitors’ lead two minutes later when Rico parried a shot from Mohamed Diame straight into the path of the Spaniard, who deftly flicked in his 12th goal of the campaign.
Newcastle’s Schar headed in a Matt Ritchie corner in the 61st minute, and Rondon snuck in a fourth shortly before the final whistle, bursting into the area and firing straight into Rico’s chest before directing the rebound into the far corner.
REUTERS/Reporting by Hugh Lawson; editing by Tony Lawrence