Saturday 20 August 2016, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Ryan Sessegnon 44'; McDonald 86'
Cardiff City
Cardiff City
2
Ralls 60'; Pilkington 65'

44' Goal

Ryan Sessegnon
Assist by Sone Aluko

86' Goal

Kevin McDonald
Assist by Sone Aluko

83' Yellow Card

Michael Madl

41' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ryan Sessegnon
Off:Floyd Ayité

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matt Smith
Off:Cauley Woodrow

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Scott Malone

60' Goal

Joe Ralls

65' Goal

Anthony Pilkington
Assist by Aron Gunnarsson

71' Yellow Card

Declan John

75' Yellow Card

Peter Whittingham

77' Yellow Card

Kadeem Harris Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kadeem Harris
Off:Jazz Richards

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Frederic Gounongbe
Off:Anthony Pilkington

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bruno Ecuele Manga
Off:Peter Whittingham

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Fulham maintained their unbeaten start to the season following a 2-2 draw on a blustery afternoon at the Cottage on Saturday.

Fulham maintained their unbeaten start to the season following a 2-2 draw at the Cottage on a blustery afternoon beside the banks of the Thames.

A first half strike from Ryan Sessegnon had given Fulham the advantage heading into the break but two second half wonder efforts from Joe Ralls and Anthony Pilkington saw this advantage evaporate. The two sublime strikes were matched by Kevin McDonald in the 86th minute which saw the spoils shared at the Cottage.

Slaviša Jokanović made two changes from the side that faced Leeds on Tuesday night, drafting in Scott Malone at left-back to replace Ryan Sessegnon and giving Cauley Woodrow the nod up front in place of Matt Smith.

After an early aerial barrage from Cardiff it was Fulham who had the first shot on goal. Kevin McDonald pouncing on a loose clearance and firing a fraction wide from a tight angle.

As the Whites began to display the possession football we are growing accustomed to under Jokanović it was not long before their next chance. In the 15th minute Sone Aluko pounced on an errand clearance and sold his defender with a deft dummy. After taking a further touch he fired on target but had his shot blocked by a sprawling Cardiff defender.

The next chance fell to Cauley Woodrow in the 25th minute. Captain Scott Parker with an exceptional tackle to dispossess Peter Whittingham just outside the opposition box. A perfect through ball fell to Woodrow who turned but could not keep his curling shot down.

As the wind picked up and the match stagnating, the Whites suffered a blow when Flloyd Ayité went down clutching his hamstring whilst chasing a ball into the channel. A shame for the Togo attacker who had been an integral part in the attacking style from the side of late. He was replaced by Ryan Sessegnon, who slotted in on the left wing.

It proved to a stroke of genius. Moments after the introduction he was on hand to stab home from 4 yards out. Aluko the architect, Sessegnon the finisher. The Nigerian striker showed immense patience and guile to create the opening. A dummy opened up the space down the right wing and with Fulham players surging into the box he took his time to sell another defender and lay it off on a platter for the winger. Sessegnon did the rest and slipped it into the left hand corner past a helpless David Marshall.

It was a tentative start from both sides at the start of the second half but the first chance fell to the Whites. Tom Cairney with a delicate ball in behind the Cardiff back line to the overlapping Ryan Sessegnon. The recipient of a superb assist in the first half he came close to picking up Woodrow in the box. However, his cross was blocked behind for a corner.

The Bluebirds were back on level terms 15 minutes into the second half. A Gunnarsson long throw was headed out the box into the path of Joe Ralls. Without hesitation he took aim and fired a fizzing drive into the top left hand corner past David Button.

The encounter flipped completely 4 minutes later when another wonder strike saw the Whites trail. Anthony Pilkington with an exceptional solo effort. Ghosting down the right wing, cutting inside and curling one in from just outside the box past Button.

Cardiff were dominant now and looked threatening on each foray into the Fulham half. Peter Whittingham coming close in the 70th minute with a thundering free kick that had Button beaten. His drive struck the bar and was smothered on the line.

The inches that were involved in that effort striking the bar came back to the aid of the Whites. After a resurgence from the home side the pressure began to intensify.

Scott Parker and substitutes Matt Smith and Lasse Vigen Christensen all had opportunities to level things up before Kevin McDonald made sure the Whites remained unbeaten so far this season. Following some more smart and patient play from Aluko the ball was played to McDonald just outside the box. After taking a touch he thundered one in past Marshall into the bottom left hand corner.

The Cottage erupted and the fans drove their side on. Deep into stoppage time, appeals for a handball were turned down by the referee and both sides had to settle for a point on an entertaining afternoon.

Fulham will be back in action on Wednesday night as they take on Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup at the Cottage.

 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 20 August 2016
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 15,401

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Malone (Christensen 71'); Parker, McDonald; Cairney, Sone Aluko, Floyd Ayité (Ryan Sessegnon 41'); Woodrow (Matt Smith 61')

Unused substitutes: Joronen, Ream, Tunnicliffe, Jozabed

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Cardiff City

Line-up: Marshall; Peltier, Morrison, Connolly; Jazz Richards (Harris 59'), Gunnarsson, Whittingham (Ecuele Manga 90'), Ralls, John; Immers, Pilkington (Gounongbe 82')

Unused substitutes: Wilson, Noone, Huws, Zohore

Manager: Paul Trollope

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Huddersfield Town 4 10
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 4 8
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 8
4 Fulham 4 8
5 Norwich City 3 7
6 Queens Park Rangers 4 6
7 Newcastle United 4 6
8 Brentford 4 6
9 Barnsley 4 6
10 Bristol City 4 6
11 Nottingham Forest 4 6
12 Birmingham City 4 5
13 Cardiff City 4 5
14 Aston Villa 3 4
15 Wigan Athletic 4 4
16 Burton Albion 4 4
17 Ipswich Town 3 4
18 Derby County 3 4
19 Leeds United 4 4
20 Sheffield Wednesday 4 4
21 Reading 4 4
22 Rotherham United 4 4
23 Preston North End 4 3
24 Blackburn Rovers 4 1
Goals
2
2
Total Shots
17
9
Shots On Target
4
3
Passing Accuracy
87%
79%
Fouls
5
10
Corners
4
4
Offsides
1
0
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Substitutes
  • 41Jesse Joronen
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 23Jozabed
  • 9Matt Smith
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Cardiff City (3-5-2)
  • 1David Marshall
  • 2Lee Peltier
  • 4Sean Morrison
  • 16Matthew Connolly
  • 6Jazz Richards
  • 17Aron Gunnarsson
  • 7Peter Whittingham
  • 8Joe Ralls
  • 12Declan John
  • 10Lex Immers
  • 13Anthony Pilkington
Substitutes
  • 30Ben Wilson
  • 5Bruno Ecuele Manga
  • 11Craig Noone
  • 24Kadeem Harris
  • 25Emyr Huws
  • 9Frederic Gounongbe
  • 26Kenneth Zohore
Manager
  • Paul Trollope
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 2, Cardiff City 2.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Cardiff City 2.
  • 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 90'+2' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Frederic Gounongbe (Cardiff City).
  • 90' Substitution, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Peter Whittingham.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 89' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 88' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.
  • 86' Goal! Fulham 2, Cardiff City 2. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 86' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
  • 85' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sean Morrison.
  • 85' Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Smith.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 83' Michael Madl (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 82' Substitution, Cardiff City. Frederic Gounongbe replaces Anthony Pilkington.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.
  • 79' Hand ball by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 78' Attempt missed. Tomas Kalas (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 77' Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 77' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 77' Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).
  • 75' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
  • 75' Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.
  • 75' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 75' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 73' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sone Aluko.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 72' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 72' Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 71' Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Scott Malone.
  • 71' Declan John (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.
  • 70' Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.
  • 69' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 69' Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.
  • 65' Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 2. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 65' Attempt saved. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 63' Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Cauley Woodrow.
  • 60' Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.
  • 59' Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Jazz Richards.
  • 54' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sean Morrison.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 54' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 52' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 47' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Cardiff City 0.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 0.
  • 45'+3' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 45'+3' Lex Immers (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45'+2' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45' Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.
  • 44' Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 0. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 43' Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 41' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Floyd Ayité because of an injury.
  • 41' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 41' Delay in match Floyd Ayité (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 37' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
  • 36' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 36' Lex Immers (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 34' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 33' Delay in match Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) because of an injury.
  • 32' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 29' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 29' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 26' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).
  • 25' Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 25' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 25' Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).
  • 17' Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker from a direct free kick.
  • 16' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 16' Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).
  • 16' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 11' Hand ball by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 7' Offside, Fulham. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 5' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
  • 2' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.