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Fulham manager Kit Symons felt the atmosphere around the Cardiff City Stadium helped the Bluebirds to get one over the west London game after their 1-0 defeat to Russell Slade's side.

The Bluebirds played in front of their second highest home attendance of the season just 24 hours after the decision by club owner Vincent Tan to finally back down over his controversial change of team colours.

Cardiff's first league win in six games closed the gap on the Championship play-off positions to seven points but Fulham slipped down the table.

A game of few scoring chances was settled as early as the 14th minute when Morrison's header from an arching throw by Aron Gunnarsson had enough to cross the line despite a hand from Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Ross McCormack had Fulham's only chance but his free-kick was easily saved by Simon Moore, in for the injured David Marshall.

Defeat was a third in a row in the Championship for Kit Symon's Cottagers, who slip to 18th place.

He said: "It was always going to be hard for us coming here because that decision (over the colours) gave everyone at Cardiff City a lift. I came here two weeks ago to watch them against Watford and the atmosphere was very different.

"We had good possession but didn't create enough clear-cut opportunities for all the ball we had. We had excellent possession and good periods with the ball. We've got creative players and we made changes to bring on more creative players to get forward.

"But there are times when you need to be more speculative and get some shots in, rather than waiting and trying to score the perfect goal.

"We defended well apart from one long throw. We knew that would be a weapon for them given the size of some of their guys and they used it well. It caused us a few problems."

Symons was not too concerned after Fulham's recent blip continued at Cardiff City.

The Whites have gone four games without a win or a goal since beating Sheffield Wednesday 4-0 last month.

Sean Morrison's early goal in Wales was enough to give the points to the Bluebirds today but Craven Cottage chief Symons says every team goes through disappointing periods.

He said: "You look at most clubs in the Championship and they have little spells where things don't go so well.

"I think I need to understand that, I'm not happy about it, but it was probably pretty much inevitable that at some stage we were going to get a spell where we have a few defeats on the spin, you've got to try to make sure that doesn't escalate.

"We go into a home game next Saturday against Reading, we'll be very positive and we'll be looking to win that game, end the run, and start a winning run.

"It could be a scruffy goal for us this time, off someone's backside or whatever, I couldn't care less to be honest.

"I want us to play well every game and entertain our fans and have plenty of chances and plenty of shots but if it ends up being a scruffy, horrible game and we've got to nick it 1-0, then so be it."

Cardiff were roared on by a packed-house as the Bluebirds celebrated a return to wearing the clubs traditional colours and ditching their red shirts.






















Source Matt Lewis at GetWestLondon/London 24

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