Jordon Mutch's spectacular injury-time winner gave Cardiff City their first top-flight away win in 52 years.

Steven Caulker headed Cardiff into the lead from an early corner.

The visitors' aerial prowess troubled Fulham throughout and it took a fine, curled solo goal from Bryan Ruiz to bring a misfiring Fulham level.

But substitute Mutch won another high ball in the dying stages and swivelled to hit a brilliant 25-yard strike into the top corner.

Fulham finding it difficult to win - Jol

Fulham have not won at home since 1 April and manager Martin Jol is under increasing pressure after a poor start to this campaign.

The Cottagers won at Sunderland on the opening day of the campaign but are now struggling in the relegation zone, without a victory in five league matches.

Cardiff's wait for an away win in the top flight stretched back to November 1961 - the last season they played at this level - a success that also came at Craven Cottage.

Fulham's prospects of building on a midweek Capital One Cup victory against Everton were disrupted by an early injury to Scott Parker that forced the holding midfielder off, with Giorgos Karagounis replacing him.

The Greece international was quickly into the thick of the action, his well-timed tackle in the area denying Kim Bo-Kyung at the expense of a corner.

And it was from Peter Whittingham's set-piece that the visitors took the lead.

Caulker was allowed a free header to score his first Cardiff goal since his £8m move from Tottenham.

Faltering Fulham

Fulham have gone seven Premier League matches without a victory at Craven Cottage, their longest winless run in the top flight since 1966

Cardiff threatened to expose Fulham's aerial fragility again, with Brede Hangeland - making his 200th Premier League appearance - blocking another Caulker effort before Steve Sidwell threw himself in the way of Andrew Taylor's header.

David Stockdale was also kept busy and did well to turn over Ben Turner's header from another corner, while referee Craig Pawson ruled the goalkeeper had been fouled before Caulker poked the ball into the net.

The return of Dimitar Berbatov to partner Darren Bent up front should have boosted Fulham's attacking options, but all the home side had to show in the first half-hour was one Karagounis shot which David Marshall turned away.

Although Jol had already been forced to use one substitute, the Dutchman chose to replace Alex Kacaniklic with Ruiz late in the first half and the tactical change proved a masterstroke.

The Costa Rica international collected Sascha Riether's pass before unleashing a curling left-foot shot from 25 yards that gave Marshall no chance in the Cardiff goal.

The visitors should have restored their lead soon after the restart when substitute Mutch, on for Kim, found Fraizer Campbell at the near post, only for the striker to turn the ball over the bar.

Win means a lot to Cardiff - Mackay

At the other end, Berbatov was guilty of a similar miss, heading over after Riether picked out the Bulgarian at the far post.

Fulham were at least much improved from their lacklustre first half and started to pull the Cardiff defence out of shape.

One swift counter promised a winner as Berbatov combined with Bent, but his final pass was just behind the advancing Ruiz.

While the quality occasionally slipped, the entertainment was kept high until the end as both sides pressed for a winner.

Kieran Richardson carved out Fulham's best chance as the full-back crossed into Cardiff's six-yard box, but there was no-one there to meet it.

And with time almost up, Marshall's long punt found Mutch, who outmuscled Richardson before turning inside to hit a worthy winner, his first goal for the club.

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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 1-2 Cardiff FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Ruiz 45
  • Caulker 12
  • Mutch 90+2

Fulham

Substitutes

Cardiff

Substitutes

Ref: PawsonAtt: 23,020
FULHAM
CARDIFF

Possession

  • Fulham 49%
  • Cardiff 51%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 5
  • Cardiff 4

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 4
  • Cardiff 18

Corners

  • Fulham 11
  • Cardiff 10

Fouls

  • Fulham 14
  • Cardiff 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:45 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:36 Andrew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:00 Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 90:00+2:52 Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:50 The ball is crossed by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 90:00+1:39 GOAL - Jordon MutchFulham 1 - 2 Cardiff Jordon Mutch scores with a left foot finish. Fulham 1-2 Cardiff.
  • 90:00+1:32 David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Ben Turner.
  • 90:00+0:45 Nicky Maynard takes a shot. David Stockdale blocks the ball.
  • 90:00+0:39 Pajtim Kasami makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:37 Craig Bellamy crosses the ball.
  • 89:47 Kieran Richardson crosses the ball.
  • 89:22 Andrew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:21 Sascha Riether sends in a cross.
  • 89:03 Clearance made by Ben Turner.
  • 88:55 Free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 88:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Theophile-Catherine on Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 87:57 Clearance made by Andrew Taylor.
  • 87:15 Craig Bellamy shoots direct from the free kick and goes right of the target.
  • 86:28 Pajtim Kasami concedes a free kick for a foul on Jordon Mutch.
  • 86:11 Clearance by Kieran Richardson.
  • 86:02 Kevin Theophile-Catherine sends in a cross.
  • 85:31 Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.
  • 85:15 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Adel Taarabt coming on for Darren Bent.
  • Correction - 84:54 Kevin Theophile-Catherine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 84:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Giorgos Karagounis.
  • Correction - 83:24 Pajtim Kasami takes a shot. David Marshall blocks the ball.
  • 83:24 Pajtim Kasami has an effort at goal. David Marshall makes a block.
  • 83:21 Pajtim Kasami takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Caulker.
  • 82:31 Kieran Richardson produces a cross.
  • 82:13 Clearance by Ben Turner.
  • 81:32 Ben Turner takes the free kick.
  • 81:18 Foul by Darren Bent on Ben Turner, free kick awarded.
  • 80:19 Substitution Craig Bellamy on for Peter Odemwingie.
  • 80:02 Kieran Richardson makes a clearance.
  • 79:20 A cross is delivered by Kieran Richardson.
  • 79:09 Clearance made by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 78:39 Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:40 Jordon Mutch takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
  • 77:39 Andrew Taylor sends in a cross.
  • 77:09 Dimitar Berbatov produces a cross.
  • 75:51 Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:19 Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 75:10 Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
  • 75:08 Centre by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 74:50 Clearance made by Steven Caulker.
  • Correction - 73:31 Header at goal by Pajtim Kasami. David Marshall makes a block.
  • 73:31 Pajtim Kasami has a headed effort at goal.
  • 73:26 Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 72:58 Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.
  • 72:52 A cross is delivered by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 72:48 Clearance by Peter Whittingham.
  • 72:45 Corner from the right by-line taken by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 72:19 Clearance by Andrew Taylor.
  • 72:19 Sascha Riether delivers the ball.
  • 71:42 Substitution Fraizer Campbell goes off and Nicky Maynard comes on.
  • 70:50 Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:49 Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball.
  • 70:46 Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 70:38 Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick. Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal. Bryan Ruiz gets a block in. Blocked by Steve Sidwell.
  • 70:38 Peter Whittingham produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 69:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Pajtim Kasami.
  • Correction - 68:33 Shot by Pajtim Kasami. David Marshall makes a block.
  • 68:33 Pajtim Kasami takes a shot.
  • 68:28 A cross is delivered by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 67:49 Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:48 A cross is delivered by Darren Bent.
  • 66:56 Fernando Amorebieta manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:19 Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:09 Fraizer Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Brede Hangeland.
  • 65:55 The ball is sent over by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 64:29 David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:56 Booking for Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 63:56 Booking
  • 63:52 Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Kevin Theophile-Catherine, free kick awarded.
  • 63:34 Clearance made by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 62:08 Free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.
  • 62:00 Handball by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
  • 61:13 Header at goal by Dimitar Berbatov to the left of the net.
  • 61:11 Sascha Riether crosses the ball.
  • 60:13 Peter Whittingham takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
  • 60:08 Fernando Amorebieta manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:53 Clearance made by Steve Sidwell.
  • 59:17 Pajtim Kasami takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
  • 58:45 Steve Sidwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 58:24 Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:23 Clearance by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 58:15 Clearance made by Pajtim Kasami.
  • 58:09 Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
  • 57:42 Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Aron Gunnarsson, free kick awarded.
  • 56:59 Shot by Fraizer Campbell went over the net.
  • 56:58 The ball is delivered by Jordon Mutch.
  • 56:41 Free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 56:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Marshall by Brede Hangeland.
  • 56:05 Centre by Pajtim Kasami.
  • 55:57 Clearance by Ben Turner.
  • 55:54 Corner from the left by-line taken by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 55:39 Corner taken by Bryan Ruiz from the left by-line.
  • 55:38 Clearance by Jordon Mutch.
  • 55:23 Jordon Mutch manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:20 Corner from the left by-line taken by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 55:07 Substitution Jordon Mutch replaces Bo-Kyung Kim.
  • 54:19 Ben Turner makes a clearance.
  • 54:17 The ball is crossed by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 54:12 Clearance by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
  • 53:34 Free kick taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 53:03 Fraizer Campbell fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 52:55 Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.
  • 52:52 Foul by Darren Bent on Bo-Kyung Kim, free kick awarded.
  • 51:09 Peter Whittingham takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.
  • 51:07 Kevin Theophile-Catherine produces a cross.
  • 50:51 Fernando Amorebieta manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:29 Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.
  • 50:26 Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 49:54 Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
  • 49:39 Unfair challenge on Sascha Riether by Bo-Kyung Kim results in a free kick.
  • 48:59 Shot by Peter Odemwingie missed to the right of the target.
  • 48:38 Kieran Richardson makes a clearance.
  • 48:22 Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Giorgos Karagounis on Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 47:43 Clearance made by Andrew Taylor.
  • 47:14 Shot by Gary Medel cleared the target.
  • 47:05 Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 46:39 Pajtim Kasami manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:38 Peter Odemwingie sends in a cross.
  • 45:54 Clearance made by Kieran Richardson.
  • 45:10 Clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:03 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:58 Giorgos Karagounis manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:56 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Steve Sidwell gets a block in.
  • 45:00+0:40 Peter Whittingham decides to take a short corner.
  • 45:00+0:22 Clearance made by Sascha Riether.
  • 44:18 Sascha Riether provided the assist for the goal.
  • 44:18 GOAL - Bryan RuizFulham 1 - 1 Cardiff Bryan Ruiz slots the ball left footed into the goal. Fulham 1-1 Cardiff.
  • 43:49 Header by Fraizer Campbell goes to the left of the goal.
  • 43:47 A cross is delivered by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
  • 43:34 Kieran Richardson makes a clearance.
  • 43:29 Free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 42:58 The official flags Darren Bent offside.
  • 42:26 Shot by Gary Medel missed to the right of the net.
  • 42:22 Clearance by Steve Sidwell.
  • 42:19 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 41:51 Clearance by Sascha Riether.
  • 41:47 Kevin Theophile-Catherine sends in a cross.
  • 41:32 Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.
  • 41:25 Giorgos Karagounis takes the free kick.
  • 41:14 Giorgos Karagounis fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 40:39 Substitution Bryan Ruiz on for Alex Kacaniklic.
  • 40:11 Bo-Kyung Kim takes a shot and goes over the bar.
  • 38:49 Kieran Richardson produces a cross.
  • 38:30 Free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 38:13 Andrew Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pajtim Kasami.
  • 36:44 Centre by Bo-Kyung Kim.
  • 36:28 Header by Aron Gunnarsson misses left.
  • 36:26 Kevin Theophile-Catherine crosses the ball.
  • 35:40 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 35:08 Sascha Riether makes a clearance.
  • 35:07 Centre by Andrew Taylor.
  • 33:29 Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
  • 32:43 Steven Caulker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 32:39 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line.
  • 32:08 Fraizer Campbell takes a shot. Steve Sidwell gets a block in.
  • 31:59 Clearance made by Ben Turner.
  • 31:51 Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.
  • 31:29 Kevin Theophile-Catherine booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 31:29 Booking
  • 31:24 Foul by Kevin Theophile-Catherine on Alex Kacaniklic, free kick awarded.
  • 30:11 Giorgos Karagounis takes the free kick.
  • 30:10 Clearance made by Steven Caulker.
  • 30:03 Aron Gunnarsson challenges Giorgos Karagounis unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 30:00 Clearance by Kieran Richardson.
  • 29:56 Free kick taken by David Marshall.
  • 29:30 Darren Bent gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Marshall.
  • 29:22 Corner taken by Alex Kacaniklic from the right by-line.
  • 29:02 Giorgos Karagounis takes a shot. A parry by David Marshall prevents the goal.
  • Correction - 28:59 Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
  • 28:58 David Stockdale takes the free kick.
  • 28:44 Aron Gunnarsson challenges David Stockdale unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 28:30 Gary Medel has an effort at goal. Blocked by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 28:25 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 27:48 David Stockdale makes a clearance.
  • 26:39 Header by Ben Turner hits the post.
  • 26:36 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.
  • 26:04 Headed chance falls to Ben Turner. A parry by David Stockdale prevents the goal.
  • 26:02 Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham.
  • 25:16 Bo-Kyung Kim fouled by Pajtim Kasami, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 24:44 Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:15 Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:54 Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 22:48 Gary Medel makes a clearance.
  • 22:45 Sascha Riether produces a cross.
  • 22:38 Clearance made by Peter Whittingham.
  • 22:37 The ball is crossed by Pajtim Kasami.
  • 22:35 Short corner taken by Pajtim Kasami from the right by-line.
  • 22:26 Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:23 Alex Kacaniklic produces a cross.
  • 22:06 Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
  • 22:05 Bo-Kyung Kim challenges Brede Hangeland unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • Correction - 21:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bo-Kyung Kim on Sascha Riether.
  • 21:27 The ball is swung over by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 21:05 Bo-Kyung Kim sends in a cross.
  • 20:57 A cross is delivered by Andrew Taylor.
  • 19:51 Kieran Richardson takes a shot and cleared the net.
  • 19:46 Clearance made by Ben Turner.
  • 19:43 Alex Kacaniklic sends in a cross.
  • 18:13 Clearance made by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
  • 17:31 Fraizer Campbell manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:26 Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 17:05 Clearance made by Ben Turner.
  • 17:03 Corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis from the left by-line.
  • 16:43 Bo-Kyung Kim manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:43 The ball is swung over by Pajtim Kasami.
  • 15:06 Pajtim Kasami manages to make a clearance.
  • 15:05 Peter Whittingham delivers the ball.
  • 15:02 Short corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 14:39 Chance falls to Andrew Taylor who heads at goal. Steve Sidwell gets a block in.
  • 14:39 Clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 14:36 Peter Whittingham produces a cross.
  • 14:32 Clearance made by Pajtim Kasami.
  • 14:29 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 13:52 Clearance by Kieran Richardson.
  • 13:49 The ball is delivered by Peter Whittingham.
  • 13:33 Clearance made by Andrew Taylor.
  • Correction - 11:53 Peter Whittingham provided the assist for the goal.
  • Correction - 11:53 GOAL - Steven CaulkerFulham 0 - 1 Cardiff Steven Caulker grabs a goal with a headed effort. Fulham 0-1 Cardiff.
  • 11:53 The assist for the goal came from Peter Whittingham.
  • 11:53 GOAL - Steven CaulkerFulham 0 - 1 Cardiff Steven Caulker grabs a goal with a headed effort. Fulham 0-1 Cardiff.
  • Correction - 11:50 Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the left by-line.
  • 11:50 Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.
  • 11:25 Sascha Riether makes a clearance.
  • 11:24 Centre by Peter Whittingham.
  • 11:19 Clearance by Fernando Amorebieta.
  • 10:16 Clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
  • 8:39 Clearance made by Ben Turner.
  • 8:31 Clearance made by Ben Turner.
  • 8:04 Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:58 Free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 7:43 Unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Aron Gunnarsson results in a free kick.
  • 6:53 Substitution Giorgos Karagounis joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Parker.
  • 5:20 Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:18 Centre by Sascha Riether.
  • 5:11 Andrew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:11 The ball is sent over by Darren Bent.
  • 5:05 Clearance made by Andrew Taylor.
  • 4:39 Clearance by Kieran Richardson.
  • 2:31 Centre by Darren Bent.
  • 1:08 Centre by Alex Kacaniklic.
  • 1:07 Clearance by Steven Caulker.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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