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Fulham 1-0 Norwich City

Sean Kavanagh
Sean Kavanagh only made his Fulham debut in August

The Championship's joint-leakiest defence kept Norwich at bay as Fulham continued their encouraging form under Kit Symons with a home victory.

The only goal of the game came on the counter-attack with midfielder Sean Kavanagh firing home a low finish.

Norwich's Cameron Jerome was pulled back by Dan Burn after the break but Lewis Grabban's penalty hit the bar.

Josh Murphy also struck the woodwork as Norwich pressed, but Fulham held on to record their third win of the season.

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Symons on Fulham v Norwich

Norwich had won their last four Championship away games but started slowly, and failed to force a single meaningful save from Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli in the first period.

Slow-starting Norwich
Norwich have now gone eight league games without scoring a first-half goal

And some sloppy passing on the half-way line was punished as Lasse Vigen Christensen teed up Kavanagh to score his first goal for Fulham from the edge of the box.

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Norwich City manager Neil Adams on defeat at Fulham

Burn nearly doubled the home side's lead, but his header from a Bryan Ruiz corner was cleared off the line by Wes Hoolahan.

Immediately after half-time, Burn was adjudged by the linesman to have fouled Jerome, but Grabban spurned his second spot-kick of the season, smashing the underside of the bar.

Fulham substitute Moussa Dembele then shot straight at John Ruddy before Norwich dominated the closing stages.

With 10 minutes left, substitute Murphy cut inside from the left and hit a curling shot against the crossbar, but although the Canaries piled on the pressure, the ball did not drop kindly for them in the box as Fulham's defence stood firm.

Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons: "It was a display full of character which I was delighted with. All the time I'm in situ in this position I'll just keep doing what I do. That's working as hard as I can on the training pitch and trying to win games for this great football club.

"I'm pretty sure three points as often as possible is not going to hurt my chances. I'll just keep plugging away."

Norwich manager Neil Adams: "We're not picking up victories and that's the concern for me. We had 63 per cent possession which is massive away from home but in terms of creating genuine goal scoring opportunities, that didn't materialise.

"In terms of the performance and the way we're dominating the ball, it's fine."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 2HooglandSubstituted forZveroticat 22'minutes
  • 6Bodurov
  • 33Burn
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 8ParkerBooked at 87mins
  • 21Christensen
  • 3StafylidisBooked at 90mins
  • 10RuizSubstituted forDembeleat 71'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 20Rodallega

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 25Dembele
  • 27Williams
  • 28Hyndman

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 6Turner
  • 23Olsson
  • 27Tettey
  • 4Johnson
  • 22Redmond
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forMurphyat 57'minutes
  • 7GrabbanSubstituted forHooperat 67'minutes
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 8Howson
  • 11Hooper
  • 15Miquel
  • 21Murphy
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 39Odjidja-Ofoe
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
20,776

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Norwich City 0.

Josh Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Michael Turner (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).

Booking

Scott Parker (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

Attempt missed. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Josh Murphy (Norwich City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Redmond.

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.

Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Russell Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Bryan Ruiz.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Offside, Norwich City. Russell Martin tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Lewis Grabban.

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Watford1273223121124
2Derby1265122101223
3Middlesbrough12723189923
4Norwich1263321111021
5Nottm Forest125612011921
6Ipswich125521711620
7Wolves125521714320
8Charlton124711411319
9Bournemouth125341714318
10Brentford125341516-118
11Sheff Wed124531111017
12Cardiff124441515016
13Blackburn124441719-216
14Leeds124351215-315
15Rotherham124351114-315
16Reading124351520-515
17Huddersfield124351622-615
18Millwall123451316-313
19Wigan122551214-211
20Brighton122551114-311
21Birmingham122551219-711
22Fulham123181322-910
23Bolton12228921-128
24Blackpool12138818-106
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