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Cardiff City 3-1 Fulham Prem 29 1314 Mirror

last updated Monday 10th March 2014, 7:09 PM
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Cardiff City (1) 3 Fulham (0) 1

Cardiff boosted their hopes of Premier League survival with a stirring win over Fulham on Saturday.

Steven Caulker netted twice for the Bluebirds, who saw off a Cottagers comeback to secure a vital 3-1 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer selected Kenwyne Jones and Fraizer Campbell in attack, hoping to inject a little attacking impetus into his side. Fulham boss Felix Magath handed Kostas Mitroglou a first start, while youngster Cauley Woodrow also earnt a surprise start.

The Cottagers shaded the early stages, Askhan Dejagah and Mitroglou both going close. But they would be made to pay by the hosts, who gradually found their feet.

Craig Noone, a lively presence throughout the first half, created the opener just before the interval, hit cross hitting a defender and falling kindly for Caulker. The Cardiff captain made no mistake from close range.

Magath's side hit back after the break, however. A Giorgos Karagounis corner was flicked on by Johnny Heitinga, and Lewis Holtby pounced from close range to make it 1-1.

But Caulker was in no mood to allow the three points to slip away. The former Spurs defender bagged his second of the game with a quarter of the game remaining, nodding home at the far post from Jordon Mutch's corner.

The result was then put beyond doubt in fortuitous circumstances, the ball hitting Sascha Riether and trickling over the line after a Maarten Stekelenburg save.

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