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Fulham 1-1 Cardiff City

By Rob WestallBBC Sport Wales
Kenwyne Jones
Cardiff City's Kenwyne Jones has scored four goals in four Championship starts

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones' second-half equaliser at Craven Cottage denied Fulham their first Championship win of the season.

German full-back Tim Hoogland headed in Ross McCormack's cross as the hosts dominated the first half.

But Cardiff hit back when Jones collected Mats Moller Daehli's pass in the area and slotted through Marcus Bettinelli's legs.

Fulham's first point moves them off the bottom, while Cardiff are ninth.

The Bluebirds, who did the double over the Cottagers in the Premier League last season, started brightly, dominating possession early on but creating little in front of goal.

But Fulham looked more likely to break the deadlock and slowly took control.

Former Cardiff striker McCormack looked lively and his quickly taken free-kick on halfway, two minutes in, found Scott Parker in space, but the Fulham skipper could only drive his low shot wide.

Minutes later Fulham midfielder Chris David threaded a pass through to £11m summer signing McCormack, who curled the ball narrowly past the post from the edge of the 18-yard box.

And they secured the lead their play deserved when Parker played the ball wide to McCormack on the left, and the forward's cross was glanced across goalkeeper David Marshall by Hoogland.

Fulham grew in confidence and continued to pile on the pressure, nearly doubling their lead when McCormack's corner hit Cardiff's near post.

Shortly after the break the hosts should have been 2-0 ahead.

Parker's long-range shot was parried by Marshall and the midfielder's pass found Cauley Woodrow inside the area, but the striker could only fire over the bar from the penalty spot.

Felix Magath's side were to rue that miss only moments later as Jones accepted Daehli's pass to fire his fourth goal in four Championship games.

Fulham manager Felix Magath:

"I can understand the fans who are afraid about the situation.

"Last year we came down and now at the beginning we are down again near the bottom, so I can understand the fear of fans.

"I am not happy about this but we have a new situation. It was necessary for this club to start again from the beginning and that is what I've done.

"I know I have a lot of young players and I know that is a problem. I have known that before and I live with this problem.

"I am ready to do it and I am the right man for this. No-one else, I am the only one. Not the special one, I'm the only one."

Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BBC Radio Wales:

"I think it was a fair result. First half was not the best. It was probably the worst performance we've had this season.

"Second half we upped the tempo both on and off the ball and I was very pleased with the reaction."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 33Burn
  • 15Voser
  • 6Bodurov
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forEisfeldat 82'minutes
  • 28Hyndman
  • 30DavidSubstituted forDembeleat 75'minutes
  • 2HooglandBooked at 90mins
  • 44McCormack
  • 16WoodrowSubstituted forChihiat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 7Eisfeld
  • 14Roberts
  • 25Dembele
  • 34Chihi
  • 39Williams

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Brayford
  • 36Morrison
  • 3da Silva
  • 16Connolly
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 90mins
  • 8DikgacoiSubstituted forRallsat 59'minutes
  • 19Pilkington
  • 20DaehliSubstituted forWolff Eikremat 82'minutes
  • 10Le FondreSubstituted forMachedaat 71'minutes
  • 9Jones

Substitutes

  • 4Torres Ruiz
  • 14Macheda
  • 15Wolff Eikrem
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 21Ralls
  • 22Guerra Rodríguez
  • 33Moore
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
17,508

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Dembele (Fulham).

  6. Post update

    Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Booking

    Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adil Chihi with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

  13. Booking

    Tim Hoogland (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).

  15. Post update

    Federico Macheda (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Adil Chihi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matthew Connolly.