Fulham are off and running in the Premier League and, for manager Slavisa Jokanovic, the most satisfying part of this first win of the season will be that they did it their way.

It was fast, it was flowing and, most of all, it was fun. It was frenetic at times, too, and they remain dangerously wobbly in defence, but not even the most miserly Fulham fan will be dwelling on the negatives here.

Four goals, including three in a thrilling first-half, were the least Fulham deserved on the day they fully announced themselves to the Premier League.

Two defeats in their opening two games had raised doubts over their extensive summer recruitment, when 12 players had been signed, but this was clear evidence that the new boys are beginning to settle.

Exciting

There were first goals of the season for Andre Schurrle, excellent in attack, and for Jean Michael Seri, the most exciting of all those summer arrivals.

Aleksandar Mitrovic struck a brace, while Luciano Vietto was relentless up front. In short, Fulham looked like a team, rather than a collection of individuals.

“We showed ambition to cause damage, we created many chances,” said Jokanovic, who reserved special praise for the brilliant Mitrovic.

For all Fulham‘s joy, there will be just as much trepidation for Burnley, for whom the Europa League is proving unavoidably problematic. Defeat by Olympiakos in Greece last Thursday was by no means the ideal preparation for Sean Dyche‘s side, who have conceded 10 goals in their last three games.

Burnley‘s struggles could be seen in the anguished face of Joe Hart, who struggled at times under the gaze of England manager Gareth Southgate.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

 

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