Fulham can follow Huddersfield through the Premier League trapdoor

Three days after Huddersfield’s record-equalling demise – relegated before the clocks changed with six games still to play – and Fulham step on to the trapdoor.Defeat at Watford on Tuesday night will send them hurtling back into the Championship after one season.Should their fate be sealed at Vicarage Road on the second day of April they will join Huddersfield inside the top three of earliest relegations in the Premier League era. Fulham are about to step on to the trapdoor of relegation from the Premier League Defeat at Watford on Tuesday night will send them hurtling back into the ChampionshipConfirmation, if needed, that we are witnessing the sorry tail-end of two of the worst top-flight campaigns in recent history, each achieved in their own very distinct ways.Fulham have provided an object lesson in how not to invest the Premier League jackpot, squandering more than £100million on poor recruitment and haemorrhaging goals while Huddersfield tried to operate more sensibly both in the transfer market and on the pitch and yet, this season, have very rarely been close to the opposition goal.Overall, neither have plumbed the depths of Derby’s disastrous campaign in 2007/08 when the Rams won once and claimed only 11 points but they are tilting at other unwanted records. Share this article Share So far Fulham have collected only two points from 16 games away from home.Even Derby managed to scrape together three points on the road in a season when they went 32 games without a win and top scorer Kenny Miller scored only four times.Fulham will match Burnley’s record of 17 away defeats in one season if caretaker boss Scott Parker cannot acquire at least a point from Watford, Bournemouth or Wolverhampton. They will join Huddersfield inside top three of earliest relegations in the Premier League eraThey are slightly more resilient in defence than earlier in the season but have kept only two clean sheets so far which will set a new Premier League record low if they cannot add another. Season at a glance Live tables Fixtures Scores Premier League Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga More tables More fixtures More scores At the moment, this particular ignominy is shared by Derby, Birmingham (2007/08), Blackburn and Norwich (both 2011/12) with three clean sheets.’Confidence is low, it’s been a really tough year and there are scars,’ said Parker, who has at least gone some distance towards restoring Fulham’s identity since stepping in to replace Claudio Ranieri, who was appointed in November in the hope the Italian tactician might arrest the flow of goals conceded under Slavisa Jokanovic.Ranieri managed to alienate supporters and some of the most popular players without improving results and was sacked with the team 10 points adrift of safety.Parker stepped up from the backroom staff and has lost h

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