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Championship - Saturday 26th February 2022, 3:00 PM
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Cardiff City (0) 0-1 (1) Fulham

Championship Match Day 33 21/22 at Cardiff City Stadium

Saturday 26th February 2022     KO: 15:00

Referee: Leigh Doughty (Lancashire)

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic extended his record as the Sky Bet Championship's top goalscorer to secure Fulham a 1-0 victory at Cardiff.

Having beaten Ivan Toney's second-tier record since the competition was rebranded, the striker claimed his 34th goal of the campaign.

The goal was enough to see off a spirited Cardiff side and keep Fulham well clear at the top of the table with an eighth win in 10 league games.

Marco Silva's side were not at their best in a sluggish first half but did not need to be against limited opposition who have now won just one of their last five matches.

Harry Wilson returned to face his former club and it was the Wales midfielder who produced the game's first effort on goal in the 13th minute.

His snapshot was saved by goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who almost immediately turned from goal saver to goal creator.

His quickly-taken goal-kick was flicked on by Rubin Colwill but James Collins could not find a way past the onrushing Marek Rodak.

Match Stats Cardiff Fulham
Goals (0) 0 1 (1)
Scorers - Mitrovic 41
Goal attempts 9 11
On target 4 3
Shooting Accuracy 44% 27%
Possession 35% 65%
Passes 309 611
Passes Success 64% 84%
Crosses 21 24
Crosses Success 5% 29%
Corners 8 9
Tackles 17 12
Tackles Success 59% 67%
Saves 2 4
Fouls 12 10
Offsides 1 1
Yellows 2 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Cardiff pressed down each flank through Cody Drameh and Alfie Doughty, but there was a lack of quality with the final ball and they rarely threatened Rodak.

In contrast, Fulham had a striker who only needed one opportunity.

Mitrovic gave Aden Flint the slip for the first time and was unmarked at the far post to head Wilson's left-footed cross back across goal and past Smithies in the 41st minute.

It was the striker's sixth goal in his last five games and put Fulham firmly in charge just before half-time.

Having failed to find their usual rhythm in the first half, the goal and half-time talk from Silva galvanised the league leaders.

They had a claim for a penalty waved away by referee Leigh Doughty seven minutes into the second half when Flint appeared to handle the ball after Wales pair Wilson and Nico Williams combined down the right.

Just two minutes later, and Bobby Decordova-Reid came close to silencing the Cardiff support, who booed his every touch following an unhappy 18 months in the Welsh capital.

He headed Harrison Reed's free-kick on target, only for Smithies to tip his effort over the crossbar before setting up Mitrovic moments later, but the Serb will have been disappointed not to hit the target.

Cardiff, to their credit, did not buckle under the growing pressure but were limited to half-chances.

Captain Joe Ralls was their driving force and his burst not only led to a yellow card for Reed but saw Tommy Doyle fire narrowly wide from the resulting free-kick.

The hosts rallied for an equaliser in the closing stages but Joel Bagan headed wide before Flint fired over in stoppage time.

. Cardiff's Steve Morison: "It was one of the toughest 24 hours I've had as a manager. It was an absolute nightmare.

It started yesterday (Friday) after training and the team changed three of four times up until 1.20pm. But with all of that going on, to perform like we did shows how tight we are as a group. I couldn't be prouder of my players, I thought we were fantastic.

"We went toe-to-toe with the best team in the league and limited them to the least amount of shots they have managed this season.

In the end, they scored from their chance and we didn't. Mitrovic got free from a well-worked corner, he had one moment and he scored. That's why he's top of the league. But if we keep performing like that, we will be fine."

Fulham's Marco Silva: "As we expected it was tough, it is always hard to come here and play and we had to be resilient. We knew what type of game it would be. We always expect first and second balls and balls in our box.

"Apart from one moment when we slept completely, we dealt really well with the situation. We controlled big parts of the match. We were a bit slower than I wanted but we created enough, we were the best team and deserved the three points."

Cardiff City: Smithies, Flint, Doughty (Bagan 67), Drameh, Ng, McGuinness, Vaulks (Wintle 76), Ralls, Doyle, Colwill (Davies 57), Collins

Unused substitutes: Hugill, King, Isaak Phillips, Denham,

Booked: Vaulks (50,f), Ralls (53,f)

Fulham: Rodak, Ream, Williams (Tete 79), Bryan, Adarabioyo, Wilson, Reed (Onomah 75), Chalobah, De Cordova-Reid (Cavaleiro 85), Carvalho, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Hector, Muniz, Gazzaniga, Seri

Mitrovic 41(header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Wilson following a corner.)

Booked: Reed (66,f), Mitrovic (87,f)

Referee: Leigh Doughty (Lancashire)

Attendance: 18,928

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