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Fulham (0) 2-1 (1) Cardiff

Fulham made it three wins out of three as a late Emerson Hyndman winner saw the hosts beat Cardiff 2-1 to further banish fears of a relegation scrap.

The Whites looked in fine form early on but were left behind at the break after Lex Immers exposed the hosts with a close-range header.

However, Scott Parker fired back shortly after the break, and with seconds remaining, Emerson Hyndman scored to seal the comeback.

And the result means Slavisa Jokanovic’s men can start to look ahead to next season in the Championship after their rivals MK Dons and Charlton both suffered defeat.

Fulham forced the first real opportunity midway through the opening half when Hyndman, returning to the first team, waltzed past a series of Cardiff challenges and curled an effort at goal which David Marshall kept out at full stretch.

Ross McCormack then challenged the Cardiff skipper just minutes later when his 20 yard free kick was parried to safety by the Blues keeper.

But it was the visitors who struck against the run of play when Aron Gunnarsson skipped beyond Richard Stearman and delivered a cross with the outside of his boot which an unmarked Immers stooped to head home.

Russell Slade's men might have seen their lead doubled just before the break when Sean Morrison headed a Peter Whittingham corner against the upright.

The lead did not last long, however, and the hosts equalised just 43 seconds into the second half when captain Parker slammed a half volley into the net after a wonderful pass by Moussa Dembele.

The Whites forward should have put Jokanovic's men in front minutes later after substitute Ryan Fredericks burst through on goal, and slid a pass just behind the French striker, who could only dig out a weak shot which was blocked.

Dembele may have won the game for his side when he cut inside from a tight angle, but could only force Marshall into another smart save.

And McCormack was agonisingly close to stealing an injury time win when his deflected effort looped onto the crossbar and over.

But Hyndman scored from the resulting corner, smashing home from a Lasse Vigen Christensen lay-off, to see the Whites to a fine win.

And here are six things we learnt from another rollercoaster match in west London.

Confident Fulham are fantastic to watch
The Cottagers entered the Cardiff match unbeaten in three, and fresh off the back of wins over relegation rivals MK Dons as well as Preston North End.

And the succession of victories clearly boosted the Whites on the field, with some fantastic forward play on show.

Between Moussa Dembele, Ross McCormack and Hyndman, the Whites countered with aplomb and but for a couple of last ditch tackles, might have scored more goals.

And with that much attacking firepower, it is still a mystery how they are lingering at the lower end of the table.

Marcus Bettinelli remains unbeaten
The young Fulham goalkeeper returned to the first team following long-term injury in the 1-1 draw at Birmingham.

Since then, the academy graduate has seen his side pick up three wins and has been a vocal presence at the back for the Whites.

His return has provided a lift despite the able job done by Andrew Lonergan in his stead, and Jokanovic will hope to keep him fit next season.

Emerson Hyndman is finding form
Fulham’s young USA international returned to the starting lineup after injury to Tom Cairney forced Jokanovic’s hand.

After impressing initially last season, Hyndman has found this season somewhat more difficult, with lack of game time breaking up his influence on the team.

But he slotted in for the Cardiff fixture and more than played his part, linking up well with Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack.

And the Whites midfielder stole the show with his well-deserved late strike.

Lasse Vigen Christensen is back
Christensen is another young midfielder who made a substantial impact last season, and in particular under the guidance of Kit Symons.

But the young Dane suffered an injury last term and has not quite yet reached the heights as he did under the Welsh manager.

He limped off in the emphatic victory over Queens Park Rangers after just six minutes and made his return against Cardiff, but his role proved limited.

The Whites should now start planning ahead
After a string of positive results and performances, Jokanovic’s men should be in the clear and avoid ending the season in the drop zone.

The messy January transfer embargo prevented the latest Fulham manager from upgrading a team which has been poor at times.

But with a third straight win, and both relegation rivals suffering defeat, the Whites should be in the clear.

Fulham need to keep Ross McCormack
It almost goes without saying, but the Whites need to keep hold of their former Leeds star.

His link up play with Dembele is great, and although it seems almost certain that the Frenchman will depart the club, McCormack has shown that he is more than capable of linking up with different strikers.

In fact, his former Leeds team mate Matt Smith is waiting in the wings should Jokanovic use that option.

And he once more showed in the win against Cardiff that he is so crucial to the team if they fancy their chances at a promotion challenge next season.

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