Burnley 2-2 Fulham: Super sub David Datro Fofana seals superb comeback for Vincent Kompany's strugglers as late brace cancels out first-half goals from Joao Palhinha and Rodrigo Muniz and rescues dramatic point

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  • Vincent Kompany's Burnley rallied back to clinch a late point against Fulham
  • David Datro Fofana sealed the comeback with two goals in the last 20 minutes
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Chelsea loanee David Fofana rescued a precious point for Burnley with a late double including an injury-time equaliser after Fulham had led 2-0.

Fulham appeared to be cruising when Joao Palhinha and Rodrigo Muniz scored inside the opening 21 minutes.

But Vincent Kompany played his trump card by introducing Fofana midway through the second half and he headed his first Premier League goal seven minutes later to throw Burnley a lifeline.

He then blew the roof off Turf Moor by converting Wilson Odobert's cross after 91 minutes. Though Vincent Kompany's men remain seven points from safety, the fighting spirit they showed will give him hope.

With this fixture sandwiched between trips to Manchester City and Liverpool, Burnley knew they needed to get something in their relegation battle.

Burnley rescued a dramatic point against Fulham after substitute David Datro Fofana's brace

Burnley rescued a dramatic point against Fulham after substitute David Datro Fofana's brace

Burnley rescued a dramatic point against Fulham after substitute David Datro Fofana's brace

Fofana, thrown on just after the hour mark by Vincent Kompany, sparked wild scenes late on

Fofana, thrown on just after the hour mark by Vincent Kompany, sparked wild scenes late on

The striker converted from Wilson Odobert's pinpoint cross in the first minute of injury time

The striker converted from Wilson Odobert's pinpoint cross in the first minute of injury time

Forward Lyle Foster started well with a couple of good runs also set up Odobert whose delay allowed Tim Ream to get in a crunching interception.

Fulham began slowly but once they showed their teeth, Burnley's flimsy defence – featuring loan debutant Lorenz Assignon signed on deadline day – couldn't cope.

The visitors had a penalty appeal for handball against Sander Berge turned down and hit the side-netting through Muniz before taking the lead after 17 minutes.

Kompany, a top centre-half in his day, would have been fuming at the manner of it.

Andreas Pereira whipped in a corner towards the near post and it was too easy for Palhinha to arrive and connect with a glancing header. The ball flicked off Sander Berge's shoulder into the net.

The setback sucked the energy out of the home support and it wasn't long before Fulham doubled their lead.

MATCH FACTS

Burnley (4-2-3-1): Trafford 6.5; Assignon 6.5 (Massengo 90), O'Shea 6, Ekdal 5 (Esteve 45 6), Vitinho 6 (Larsen 87); Berge 5.5, Brownhill 6; Amdouni 5.5 (Fofana 65 7), Ramsey 5 (Gudmundsson 64 6), Odobert 8; Foster 6.5

Subs unused: Muric (GK), Al Dakhdil, Cullen, Tresor, Larsen, Massengo

Goals: Fofana 71, 90

Booked: Fofana, Berge

Fulham (4-2-3-1): Leno 6; Castagne 6, Tosin 6, Ream 7, Robinson 7; Reed 6.5 (Cairney 74), Palhinha 7; Willian 7, Pereira 7.5 (Tete 84), De Cordova-Reid 6; Muniz 7 (Broja 74)

Subs unused: Rodak (GK), Lukic, Cairney, Ballo-Toure, Broja, Fougarelles, King, Sekularac

Goals: Palhinha 17, Muniz 21

Booked: Reed, Pereira

Referee: Darren Bond 7

Attendance: 20,203

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The visitors took an early lead after Joao Palhinha (centre) guided home a superb header

The visitors took an early lead after Joao Palhinha (centre) guided home a superb header

Palhinha was the first to meet Andreas Pereira's in-swinging corner and craned his effort in

Palhinha was the first to meet Andreas Pereira's in-swinging corner and craned his effort in

Burnley were unable to keep possession from a throw and when it was hoofed clear to the halfway line, Antonee Robinson returned it with interest with an acrobatic volley.

As defenders stopped and stared, the alert Muniz spun in behind marker Hjalmar Ekdal and with James Trafford advancing, finished with a deft lob over the Clarets' 'keeper.

Kompany sent on another deadline day recruit Maxime Esteve at the interval with Lyle Foster leading a team huddle before the restart.

Burnley almost pegged a goal back immediately when Josh Brownhill scuffed a shot into Aaron Ramsey's path and he also mistimed his finish allowing Bernd Leno to save.

The locals were getting restless and Trafford needed to make good saves from Willian and Tosin Adrabioyo to keep the score at two. Pereira's set-pieces caused particular panic in the home box.

Fulham looked in complete control of the game after the opener and went on to score again

Fulham looked in complete control of the game after the opener and went on to score again

Rodrigo Muniz was teed up by Antonee Robinson before lofting the ball over James Trafford

Rodrigo Muniz was teed up by Antonee Robinson before lofting the ball over James Trafford

Muniz (right) appeared overcome with emotion as he was congratulated by his team-mates

Muniz (right) appeared overcome with emotion as he was congratulated by his team-mates

Fofana's arrival gave Burnley fresh impetus and after Trafford made another fingertip save from Willian, they struck on the counter after clearing a corner.

Right-back Assignon broke down the left and delivered a brilliant cross that arced over Leno and gave Fofana the chance to head into an unguarded net.

Marco Silva responded by throwing on another Chelsea loanee Armando Broja for his Fulham debut and then tried to stiffen the defence by sending on Kenny Tete.

Broja hadn't been on the pitch long when he tangled with Esteve and spent the rest of the game hobbling and Tete's miskick then allowed Odobert to sprint to the byline and fire into the danger area where Fofana was lurking.

There was an anxious VAR check to see if the ball had brushed his glove en route to goal but it was allowed to stand and Burnley still have hope.

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