Fulham recorded their first away win of the season as an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty secured a 1-0 victory at Bournemouth.
The already-relegated visitors had lost 15 and drawn the other two of their 17 road trips but changed the script at the Vitality Stadium after weathering an early onslaught from the hosts.
The game’s key moment came in the 53rd minute when Jack Simpson caught Mitrovic just inside the box, and the Serb striker stepped up to slot home the resulting penalty.
It gave caretaker Fulham boss Scott Parker a second straight win following last week’s 2-0 victory over Everton, although the London side remain second-bottom, with Bournemouth in 12th.
Bournemouth went into the match on the back of a 5-0 success at Brighton last weekend and looked set to continue on the goal trail in the early stages after creating a string of chances.
Callum Wilson hooked over a decent effort in the opening minute, while Josh King and the lively Ryan Fraser had shots deflected wide with just six minutes on the clock. Fraser continued to look Bournemouth’s biggest attacking threat and presented King with a golden opportunity on the quarter-hour mark, but the striker blazed over.
Sergio Rico tipped behind a left-footed Fraser effort soon after, but a series of stoppages for injuries appeared to halt Bournemouth’s momentum and Fulham got a foothold in the game.
The Cottagers started to probe and went close to the opening goal when Ryan Babel’s corner was met at the near post by Belgian defender Denis Odoi, only for Artur Boruc to make a smart stop down to his left.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, taking charge of his 500th match as a manager, went to a back three after the break, but Fulham continued to gain in confidence with Babel sending a header over the bar.
And just eight minutes into the second half, they were in front. The Cottagers zipped a series of passes around the edge of the box before Simpson’s clumsy challenge caught Mitrovic and referee David Coote pointed to the spot.
Mitrovic had failed to score in his last nine Premier League games and was without an away goal since the start of September, but the striker kept his nerve to tuck his penalty into the corner.
Bournemouth had further chances via Fraser and Wilson, but Rico held firm in the Fulham goal as the already-relegated visitors finally ended their away-day drought at the 18th time of asking.