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Fulham draw at Cardiff

last updated Saturday 08th August 2015, 2:34 PM

Craig Noone's stunning equaliser secured Cardiff a dramatic draw against Fulham in their Championship opener.

Simon Moore's error in goal, fumbling a Ben Pringle cross, allowed a ruthless Matt Smith to head home for Fulham.

Cardiff had chances as Anthony Pilkington hit the woodwork and also had a goal disallowed for handball.

But the hosts persevered and levelled late on thanks to a fabulous left-footed curling solo effort from their 77th-minute substitute.

Noone's impact was almost immediate as he cut in from the right and struck from the edge of the penalty area.

The Cottagers, who had lost seven of their first eight league games last season, looked on course for a bright start to this season's campaign.

Five summer signings - Andy Lonergan, Pringle, Tom Cairney, Jazz Richards and Jamie O'Hara - started for the visitors and the new-look side was largely a cohesive unit.

But although Fulham dominated for large periods, Cardiff were resilient.

The Welsh side thought they had quickly equalised but Pilkington was deemed to have handled Alex Revell's looping header before it went over the line.

Fulham could have doubled their advantage as Pringle was denied by Moore from close range and their profligacy was punished as the Fulham defence allowed Noone the freedom to roam and cause damage.

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