1 users online

The Time Is Now

Fulham held at Cardiff - Ch. Match report MD33

last updated Saturday 25th February 2017, 7:51 PM

Match Report

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

Championship Match Day 33 1617 at Cardiff City Stadium

Saturday 25th February 2017     KO: 15:00

Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland)

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen
Fulham midfielder
Stefan Johansen
Stefan Johansen
His Wiki page
Fulham midfielder Neeskens Kebano rescued a point for promotion-chasing Fulham in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Cardiff in Wales.

A Kenneth Zohore brace looked to have cancelled out Stefan Johansen's early goal, but Kebano's 68th-minute strike closed the gap to sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday to five points.

On a day when manager Neil Warnock's new contract was formally announced, Cardiff could have snatched a late winner but substitute Declan John hit the post in injury-time.

The Bluebirds had a glorious chance to take the lead after two minutes when Joe Ralls' looping ball played Junior Hoilett in on goal. But the winger took far too long to pull the trigger and fired over.

Midfielder Neeskens Kebano<
Fulham midfielder
Neeskens Kebano
Neeskens Kebano
His Wiki page
And the hosts could have scored again just moments later but David Button saved well from Sol Bamba's close-range effort.

The Bluebirds kept piling on the pressure and Hoilett should have broken the deadlock when he connected with Zohore's pull-back, however, he was denied by the Fulham stopper.

And after Button's latest heroics, Fulham charged up the other end and created their first opening of the afternoon as Johansen's volley was superbly tipped away by Allan McGregor.

But Johansen, who netted in Fulham's 2-1 FA Cup win against Cardiff last month, haunted the Welsh club again when he gave the Whites the lead in the 17th minute.

Match Stats Cardiff City Fulham
Goals (1) 2 2 (1)
Scorers Zohore 24 Johansen 17
Zohore 56 Kebano 68
Goal attempts 18 16
On target 8 6
Shooting Accuracy 44% 38%
Possession 28% 72%
Passes 230 606
Pass Success 55% 86%
Crosses 11 21
Crosses Success 55% 14%
Corners 3 4
Tackles 22 13
Tackles Success 68% 69%
Saves 4 6
Fouls 11 5
Offsides 3 0
Yellows 2 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Slavisa Jokanovic's men quickly broke from a Cardiff free-kick and the fast-flowing move culminated in the Norwegian midfielder running the length of the pitch to slot the ball past McGregor.

But Johansen went from hero to zero in the space of seven minutes after gifting Cardiff an equaliser. The 26-year-old failed to control the ball and Zohore surged forward and finished coolly.

Fulham responded well to the setback as Jazz Richards cleared a Kevin McDonald header off the line and the ball fell to Floyd Ayite whose shot was saved by McGregor.

Cardiff hit back with chances of their own in this fast-paced first-half when Button thwarted Hoilett yet again before Kadeem Harris fired just wide.

And former Bluebirds defender Scott Malone ended a breathless 45 minutes with a sliced effort which flew inches wide of the post.

Fulham and Cardiff were the in-form Championship teams coming into this contest and they started the second half how they finished the first.

Ayite and Craig Noone both squandered opportunities, blasting over from inside the box.

Zohore netted his sixth goal in as many games to put Cardiff in front in the 56th minute after latching onto a long ball and emphatically scoring with the outside of his left boot.

But Fulham drew level after Tom Cairney's clever ball found Kebano whose scuffed shot trickled past McGregor.

Cardiff defended valiantly for the remaining 20-plus minutes and were unlucky not to win the game with John's late miss.

Cardiff City : McGregor, Connolly, Morrison, Sol Bamba, Jazz Richards, Noone (John 86), Gunnarsson, Ralls, Harris, Hoilett, Zohore
Unused substitutes: Murphy, Joe Bennett, Halford, Whittingham, Pilkington, Harris

Zohore 24 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.)
Zohore 56 ( left footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal.)

Booked: Gunnarsson (41,f), Zohore (57,xc)

Fulham: Button, Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone, McDonald, Johansen, Aluko, Cairney, Piazon (Kebano 25), Ayité (Cyriac 65)
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Odoi, Madl, Ryan Sessegnon, Adeniran

Johansen 17 (left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a fast break.)
Kebano 68 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.)

Booked: Piazon (21,f),

Referee:: Scott Duncan (Northumberland)

Attendance: 15,656

Source ESPN FC/football league
Since 1998
"It's been updated!"