Fulham-Bournemouth Preview

The Associated Press

Leave it to Fulham to play one of their more inspiring matches of the season after being relegated from the Premier League.

With nothing but pride to play for down the stretch, Fulham look to build on their latest victory and record their first road triumph of the season Saturday against Bournemouth at Vitality Stadium.

Fulham (5-5-24) were officially relegated from the Premier League after a 4-1 loss at Watford on April 2. However, the Whites followed that devastating result with a seemingly remarkable 2-0 home victory over top-half side Everton last Saturday.

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Following a scoreless first-half, Tom Cairney scored in the 46th minute, and Ryan Babel, who assisted on the first goal, added some insurance on 69 minutes that enabled Fulham to end a nine-game league losing streak that dated to a 4-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Jan. 29.

"I thought we were superb from start to finish. That was the most pleasing thing," caretaker manager Scott Parker told Fulham's official website.

"As a club - the staff, the fans, everyone involved, we haven't had a lot to shout about really, and albeit we've been relegated, I hope that (last weekend) eases that a little bit."

Now, the Whites will try not only to post back-to-back victories for the first time in the league this season, but also again earn that elusive road win. Fulham are 0-2-15 away from home, with that most recent draw coming at Newcastle United on Dec. 22.

Accomplishing both, obviously, will likely be a challenge against Bournemouth (12-5-17), who rolled to a 3-0 victory at Fulham on Oct. 27. Callum Wilson recorded a brace, and Newcastle-target David Brooks also scored whilst Ryan Fraser posted two assists for the Cherries in that contest.

Bournemouth sit 12th in the standings, 10 points clear of the drop and with the goal of somehow making their way into the top-half of the Premier League table to complete the campaign. The Cherries snapped an 0-1-2 stretch with a resounding 5-0 away rout of struggling Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend - just their second victory over the last 10 league games.

Fraser and Wilson both had a goal with two assists, and Brooks added one of each as Bournemouth matched its goal total from the previous five top-flight contests.

"(I was) really pleased with the performance (last Saturday)," manager Eddie Howe told Bournemouth's official website. "It's been a difficult run and we know the importance of (last weekend's) win. "Once we got the first goal, I saw a different us. We were more confident, a cohesive unit.

"It's been a frustrating second-half of the season … It didn't quite materialize as we would've liked … We now want to finish the season on a high."

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