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Fulham 2-1 Cardiff City

Craig Noone has a shot on goal against Fulham

Emerson Hyndman scored a stoppage-time winner on his 20th birthday as Fulham came back to inflict a significant blow to Cardiff City's play-off hopes.

Lex Immers' header gave Cardiff the lead but Scott Parker's first goal of the season brought the Cottagers level.

Hyndman scored from close range to secure victory for Fulham, who move 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Cardiff are five points adrift of the Championship play-off places with five games remaining.

Russell Slade's side failed to capitalise on play-off rivals Sheffield Wednesday's 4-1 defeat at Bristol City.

Lex Immers with Aron Gunnarsson
Lex Immers' fifth goal of the season had given Cardiff the lead

Both sides had chances during an open first half, with Aron Gunnarsson's header saved by Marcus Bettinelli and Bruno Ecuele Manga heading over from Peter Whittingham's corner.

At the other end David Marshall parried fellow Scottish international and former Cardiff striker Ross McCormack's free-kick.

Cardiff went ahead when Scott Malone combined down the left with Gunnarsson, whose cross was met by Immers to head home his fifth goal of the season.

Fulham levelled in the opening minute of the second half when Cardiff's defence were caught cold as Moussa Dembele set up former England midfielder Parker, who fired home from a tight angle.

Gunnarsson and Sean Morrison squandered chances for Cardiff, who were less effective in the second half.

Dembele was denied by Marshall and McCormack's shot was deflected onto the bar as the home side chased a later winner.

They were rewarded in stoppage time when United States international Hyndman struck from close range following a scramble at a corner.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We didn't play a good football game in the first 45 minutes. That could be my mistake. Maybe my message was a bit confused. The second half was a game we want to play.

"Today is Emerson Hyndman's birthday. It's a great present for himself and for all of us in the last moment of the game. He's probably one of the more talented players.

"I am little bit disappointed with myself that I haven't found more minutes for him this season. He probably needs to be a little bit stronger for the Championship. But he will be a very good footballer for us.

"We've had one perfect week where we've won three games but in front of us is five games more. Mathematically, we are 10 points ahead. It's 15 points needed, so we need five points more to be 100 per cent sure."

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade:

"We will keep going to the end. It's a setback and we would have taken a precious point. We've given ourselves a mountain to climb but there's still time to go.

"A draw would have been a fair result. We took a few risks to get the three points and when you do that you leave yourself open a little bit. But they've scored as a result of a corner that we've not defended well enough.

"It's very frustrating that we've not been able to bridge that gap. We've had some real high level performances recently but where we want to be is certainly not impossible.

"We'll keep going. We've got a home game next week and all we can control is what's in front of us."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 5Stearman
  • 15MadlSubstituted forFredericksat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 45Amorebieta
  • 3Garbutt
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forBairdat 77'minutes
  • 19TunnicliffeSubstituted forChristensenat 67'minutes
  • 31Ince
  • 28Hyndman
  • 44McCormack
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 7Fredericks
  • 9Smith
  • 16Woodrow
  • 21Christensen
  • 22Baird
  • 24Lonergan
  • 33Burn

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Peltier
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 28Malone
  • 11Noone
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forSaadiat 82'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 7Whittingham
  • 37LawrenceSubstituted forZohoreat 65'minutes
  • 27Immers

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 16Connolly
  • 21Moore
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 26Zohore
  • 39Saadi
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
17,149

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home4
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Cardiff City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Cardiff City 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Idriss Saadi.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 2, Cardiff City 1. Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emerson Hyndman.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

  10. Booking

    Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Idriss Saadi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

  17. Post update

    Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Idriss Saadi replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Malone (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley412214564333180
2Middlesbrough40247955253079
3Brighton402015556381875
4Hull4020101056292770
5Derby411913960382270
6Sheff Wed411814960411968
7Cardiff411615105244863
8Ipswich411612134747060
9Birmingham401611134539659
10Preston411414133939056
11QPR411316125248455
12Wolves411314144852-453
13Brentford40157185761-452
14Reading401312154546-151
15Leeds401115143949-1048
16Blackburn411114163940-147
17Fulham411114166367-447
18Bristol City411211184564-1947
19Huddersfield411210195459-546
20Nottm Forest401113163541-646
21Rotherham41137215164-1346
22MK Dons41910223459-2537
23Charlton41812213772-3536
24Bolton41414233876-3826
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