Championship
Fulham1Cardiff1

Fulham 1-1 Cardiff City

Action shot from Fulham v Cardiff

Cardiff City rescued a point at Fulham thanks to Danny Ward's late header to remain top of the Championship.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has never won at Fulham, though it could have been worse for his side after Ryan Sessegnon's strike 15 minutes from full time looked to have won the day.

However, Ward rescued things with eight minutes remaining as Fulham failed to keep a clean sheet for the 20th successive game against Cardiff.

Fulham have won only once in 11.

The hosts will feel aggrieved they could not hold on to keep a first clean sheet against Cardiff since 1989.

They might have scored earlier had Floyd Ayite not struck a post and the Cottagers just about shaded a game that was always intriguing.

For long periods it was a battle of attack v defence, with Warnock's side showing tremendous organisation as they coped admirably with large spells of Fulham possession.

However, the Welsh side were always a threat on the counter-attack and Junior Hoilett had the first chance of the game, but he blazed over the bar on 10 minutes.

The lively Sessegnon shot wide twice in two minutes midway through the first half as his trickery down the left began to pay dividends.

Yohan Mollo's firm free-kick on his debut was just wide and with Ayite looking a constant threat, Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge had to make two fine saves within a minute. First he denied Ayite and then repelled Stefan Johansen's left footed shot after the break.

If Fulham felt they had shaded the first period, the second-half was far more clear-cut with only a combination of fine defending and poor finishing keeping the scores level as long as they were.

Ayite hit the post after fine approach play by Oliver Norwood and only a wonderful block from captain Sean Morrison prevented Stefan Johansen's fierce drive finding the net.

But Cardiff could do nothing when Sessegnon struck through a crowd on 75 minutes to finally break the deadlock and seemingly end Cardiff's 100% winning record.

However, Cardiff were not to be denied at least a draw and sub Ward headed home in front of the travelling Bluebirds' supporters after a fine cross from debutant Liam Feeney with eight minutes remaining.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock:

"We showed good character to come back with only seven minutes to go.

"It's a different game to any other in the Championship. Nobody else plays like Fulham and I thought our big lads at the back adapted really well. Fulham will have a good run at some stage.

"If any questions needed answering, I thought today answered them. We were playing against a different type of team and we went behind as well, which could have killed a lesser team."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We can be satisfied that we showed a fighting spirit and we pushed hard.

"But we were not clinical at times and in the last minutes we didn't score a second goal, we didn't manage the situation well enough and we paid an expensive price.

"We made a few mistakes before they scored their goal and we missed some quality in our final passes.

"We are disappointed. That's normal but we have another chance of a win at home immediately in front of us. I hope we are going to do it this week against Hull."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 27ButtonBooked at 82mins
  • 2Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 4Odoi
  • 44CisséSubstituted forNorwoodat 54'minutes
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 70mins
  • 22MolloBooked at 29minsSubstituted forKamaraat 58'minutes
  • 8JohansenBooked at 71mins
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 11Ayité

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 15Madl
  • 16Norwood
  • 17Graham
  • 23Djalo
  • 33O'Riley
  • 47Kamara

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 2PeltierBooked at 79mins
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 36mins
  • 14Bamba
  • 3BennettBooked at 30mins
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8Ralls
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 20DamourSubstituted forBrysonat 63'minutes
  • 33HoilettSubstituted forFeeneyat 79'minutes
  • 10ZohoreSubstituted forWardat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 6Richards
  • 7Tomlin
  • 9Ward
  • 12Feeney
  • 21Bryson
  • 28Murphy
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
20,984

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1.

Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

Danny Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City).

Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).

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

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Aron Gunnarsson.

Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Offside, Cardiff City. Sol Bamba tries a through ball, but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is caught offside.

Booking

David Button (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Liam Feeney replaces David Junior Hoilett.

Booking

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 0. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara with a through ball.

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Kenneth Zohore.

Booking

Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff6510113816
2Leeds64201221014
3Wolves641184413
4Ipswich6402108212
5Sheff Utd640275212
6Middlesbrough631273410
7Derby6312107310
8QPR631287110
9Bristol City62318629
10Sheff Wed62317529
11Preston62313219
12Nottm Forest6303911-29
13Fulham61415417
14Hull6213121207
15Barnsley62138807
16Reading621356-17
17Norwich6213712-57
18Aston Villa613279-26
19Millwall61238715
20Sunderland6123610-45
21Birmingham611437-44
22Burton6114414-104
23Brentford603359-43
24Bolton6024413-92
View full Championship table

Top Stories