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Aleksandar Mitrovic claims highest season record with his 43rd Fulham goal

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Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s two goals in FulhamHis 7-0 win over Luton gave him the highest goals-scoring season in the English league in over half a century.

The Serbian striker topped Guy Whittingham’s 42 goals for Portsmouth in 1992-93, the most in the current 46-game league format, by one, with one game of the Championship season remaining.

Here, the PA news agency looks back on Mitrovic’s historic season.

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Ricky Miller had a 40-goal season in the National League for Dover in 2016/17 but Whittingham’s 42 made him the last man to complete the feat in the top four.

With Mitrovic reaching 43, you have to go back even further to find a season to match his – no one has scored since 1965/66 and even that 44-goal season came in League Four for Kevin Hector from Bradford Park Avenue.

A further eight years ago, 64 years ago in 1957/58, Tommy Johnston scored 43 goals in a Second Division season – starting the season with Leyton Orient before joining eventual promotion winners Blackburn. Arthur Rowley scored 44 at that level for Leicester last year.

Derek Dooley’s 46 for Sheffield Wednesday 1951-52 is the post-war record for the Second Division and the next mark in Mitrovic’s sights, while the all-time record at this level is George Camsell’s 59 for Middlesbrough 1926-27.

Camsell’s tally was surpassed by one in the top flight a year later when Everton’s Dixie Dean set an all-time record for a season in the English league. Mitrovic’s 43 puts him in the top 20 on this list, but while his tally is a record for a 46-game season, it’s worth noting that the other records listed were each set in just 42 games.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored nearly a goal a game this season (John Walton/PA)

(PA wire)

Mitrovic has scored in 28 of his 43 league games this season and has now scored more than once in 12 of those games.

That includes three hat-tricks, with the Serbia international scoring all of his side’s goals in the 3-1 win over Swansea and 3-0 win over West Brom, and trebling in January’s 6-2 win over Bristol City.

The latter fell midway in the Cottagers streak of 19 goals in three games, Mitrovic with five of them after the 7-0 win at Reading gave him one of eight doubles this season. He also scored twice in both games with QPR, at home against Millwall, Peterborough, Preston and now Luton, and at Birmingham and Nottingham Forest.

Coventry became the first team all season to prevent Mitrovic from scoring in two games and he has scored against 20 different opponents so far.

With a goal every 93 minutes and 42 seconds including stoppage time, and having started all but two games and only ten substitutions – often late in the game – a goal from Mitrovic often felt like an inevitability.

His tally includes six penalties and all 43 of his total have come from inside the box.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic took the championship trophy (John Walton/PA)

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Fulham’s defeat by Luton secured them the title while Mitrovic continued his run of either being promoted First League or was relegated from it in each of his seven seasons in English football.

After signing for Newcastle in 2015, he and the Magpies fell to the second tier before bouncing back on the first try.

He joined then-championship Fulham at the start of the 2017/18 season and helped them rise, only for the Cottagers to swap between the top two divisions every season since.

With promotion this season, he’s at least a step better than Whittingham, whose Portsmouth side lost in the play-offs after – remarkably given Whittingham’s efforts – missed out on automatic promotion on goals scored.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/aleksandar-mitrovic-fulham-english-serbia-premier-league-b2070143.html Aleksandar Mitrovic claims highest season record with his 43rd Fulham goal

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