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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.

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.

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 1, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Booking

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).

  9. Booking

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.