Fulham beat Cardiff - Ch. Match Report MD41

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 2-1 (1) Cardiff City

Championship Match Day 41 1516 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 9th April 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)

Fulham midfielder Scott Parker
Fulham midfielder
Scott Parker
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Cardiff saw their Sky Bet Championship play-off hopes dented after Emerson Hyndman's first goal for Fulham helped the Cottagers secure a 2-1 win.

Lex Immers' first-half header was cancelled out by Scott Parker moments after the restart.

But Hyndman completed the turnaround when he struck deep into stoppage time.

The late winner boosted Fulham's survival hopes as they collected three successive wins to lift to them to the brink of safety, but Cardiff are now running out of games to extend their season.

The Bluebirds needed a win to keep alive their promotion hopes and it was no surprise to see them begin with more intent.

Aron Gunnarsson saw his header saved by Marcus Bettinelli after 11 minutes before Bruno Manga was off target from a Peter Whittingham corner.

Fulham midfielder Emerson Hyndman
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Emerson Hyndman
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Fulham finally threatened in the 25th minute through Hyndman. Joe Ralls gifted the ball to Hyndman and the left-back's jinking run ended with a 25-yard shot was tipped away by David Marshall.

The Cardiff goalkeeper was called into action again, on the hour mark, by Ross McCormack.

The former Cardiff striker's free-kick was heading in before Marshall flung around his post to turn the 25-yard set-piece to safety.

Cardiff, missing the influential Anthony Pilkington, saw Ralls force Bettinelli into a routine save.

But the Welsh side were restricted to attempts from distance until Immers headed the visitors into a 40th-minute lead.

Neat build-up play saw Gunnarsson cross for the Dutchman to ghost in unmarked to head beyond a stranded Bettinelli.

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Match Stats Fulham Cardiff
Goals (0) 2 1 (1)
Scorers Parker 46 Immers 41
  Hyndman 90+3  
Goal attempts 12 20
On target 5 3
Shooting Accuracy 42% 15%
Possession 47% 53%
Passes 415 468
Pass Success 71% 74%
Crosses 16 18
Crosses Success 25% 33%
Corners 7 6
Tackles 24 16
Tackles Success 75% 75%
Saves 2 3
Fouls 4 5
Offsides 1 2
Yellows 1 0
Reds 0 0
source: Fulham FC/Soccernet
Within two minutes Cardiff could have extended their lead. Whittingham's corner was met by Sean Morrison but Fulham were saved by the post as his header somehow bounced out and away.

It was the stroke of luck needed as Fulham came flying out off the blocks to haul themselves level moments into the second-half.

Moussa Dembele's pass was weighed to perfection and Parker strode through before dispatching a low shot beyond Marshall.

Dembele then missed a golden chance after substitute Ryan Fredericks sent the Frenchman free only to see his shot blocked by Manga in the 54th minute.

Cardiff were being pegged back and a rare foray forward saw Scott Malone drive a shot over after space opened up in front of the left-back.

Fulham's Fernando Amorebieta headed McCormack's corner just wide as the game opened up in the final quarter.

But Cardiff were fast running out of ideas with Morrison's heading tamely wide.

Fulham were ending the game on top and Dembele came close before McCormack saw his deflected shot clip the top of the crossbar.

But from the resulting corner Cardiff failed to clear and Hyndman finished off a scramble in the visitors' penalty area.

Fulham: Bettinelli; Stearman, Madl (Fredericks 45'), Amorebieta, Garbutt; Parker (Baird 77'); Tunnicliffe (Christensen 67'), Ince, Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Burn, Matt Smith, Woodrow

Parker 46 ( left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Moussa Dembele with a through ball.)
Hyndman 90+3 (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.)

Booked: Fredericks (88,f)

Cardiff City: Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Malone; Noone, Gunnarsson (Saadi 82'), Ralls, Whittingham; Lawrence (Zohore 65'), Immers
Subs Not Used: Moore, Fabio, Connolly, Dikgacoi, O'Keefe

Immers 41 (header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.)

Attendance:: 17,149

Referee:: Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire).

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