Cardiff 4-2 Fulham: Neil Warnock’s side climb off the bottom of the Premier League table with first win of the season in six-goal thriller
- Andre Schurrle opened the scoring for Fulham after picking up the ball outside the box and letting fly
- Josh Murphy equalised for the hosts a few minutes later, and it wasn’t long before Bobby Reid put them ahead
- Ryan Sessegnon then leveled the scores once again before the action-packed first half came to a close
- The second half started more calmly, but Cardiff’s Callum Paterson put them ahead again in the 65th minute
- The final nail in the coffin was a late goal from Kadeem Harris, who capitalised on Fulham’s defensive woes
- Win means Cardiff climb off the bottom of the table, with Fulham replacing them in the relegation zone
At times, all that was missing at the Cardiff City Stadium was the Benny Hill theme music. Once again, the art of defending was lost on Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham.
Cardiff had scored only four times all season. In a single afternoon here they doubled their tally, with Fulham demonstrating why they have the worst defensive record in the Premier League.
They were the architects of their own downfall in Wales, with their panicking players conceding four goals that could have been prevented. Frankly, it was not pretty.
Andre Schurrle picked up the ball outside the box and shot from range to open the scoring for Fulham against Cardiff City
The German forward, who is on loan from Borussia Dortmund, has played in nine matches so far and scored four goals
Josh Murphy of Cardiff quickly put his team back on level terms, shooting while under pressure from Calum Chambers
Bobby Reid then put Cardiff ahead in the match a few minutes later, pictured here (left) celebrating with his team-mates
MATCH FACTS, RATINGS, TABLE AND MATCH ZONE
Cardiff (4-4-1-1): Etheridge 6; Manga 6, Morrison 6, Bamba 6, Bennett 6; Camarasa 6, Gunnarsson 6.5 (Richards 77), Arter 6.5 (Damour 86), Murphy 8 (Harris 82); Paterson 7.5; Reid 7.5
Subs not used: Smithies, Zohore, Cunningham, Hoilett
Goals:Murphy 15, Reid 20, Paterson 65, Harris 87
Booked: Morrison, Bamba, Gunnarsson
Manager: Neil Warnock 7.5
Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli 4; Chambers 3 (Mawson 45, 5), Odoi 3.5, Ream 3.5, Le Marchand 4; Seri 4.5 (Ayite 58, 5), McDonald 4, Johansen 5 (Vietto 82); Schurrle 5.5, Mitrovic 4.5, Sessegnon 5
Subs not used: Rico, Christie, Zambo, Kamara
Goals: Schurrle 11, Sessegnon 34
Booked: Chambers, Johansen, McDonald
Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic 4
Referee: Kevin Friend 5.5
Star man: Josh Murphy
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Andre Schurrle picked up the ball and scored from range to open the scoring for Fulham. CLICK HERE to see more from Sportsmail’s brilliant MATCH ZONE feature.
It handed Neil Warnock’s Cardiff their first win of the season. A confidence booster; proof that they will not give Derby County’s 11-point record from 2007-08 a run for its money.
It all started so well for Jokanovic, too. Fulham took the lead with Andre Schurrle scoring the most casual of screamers from 35 yards out, before Cardiff answered with two goals of their own.
Ryan Sessegnon then became the first player born in or after the year 2000 to score in the Premier League, but Callum Paterson and Kadeem Harris competed the scoreline.
‘We are conceding such easy goals,’ Jokanovic confessed. ‘We make mistakes. We are slicing. We miss the ball. We need to be more solid. These negative things kill us.’
Ryan Sessegnon was able to get his Fulham team back into it after scoring later on in the first half against Cardiff City
Fulham’s goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli took a tumble while going up for the ball in the match between Fulham and Cardiff
Bettinelli collided with a team-mate, but he was fine to play on after a few nervy moments for the Fulham fans in the crowd
Joe Bennett was also in the wars – the Cardiff City left back went down injured and was attended to by the team doctor
Moments later, Warnock walked into the press room and spied himself on a television screen being interviewed on Sky Sports. ‘He looks happy, doesn’t he?’ he said. Indeed he was.
‘At half time at 2-2, we said this is it, this is our season, 45 minutes,’ Warnock added. ‘We’ve waited a long time. It’s been a long season with no results.’
Warnock’s side started on top, so the sight of Fulham taking the lead out of the blue hit them like a sledgehammer. It hit the back of Neil Etheridge’s net like one too as Schurrle let rip from 35 yards and found the top right corner.
Cardiff drew level after 15 minutes when Josh Murphy received possession when Calum Chambers seemed to have popped to the shops, leaving the left wing completely empty. The forward drove into the box and made it 1-1.
Chambers was fortunate to stay on the pitch when he dragged down last-man Murphy. Cardiff were furious, demanding a red card. Referee Kevin Friend decided a yellow sufficed.
After 20 minutes, it was 2-1 to Cardiff when they made a mess of their own set-piece but benefitted from a melee on the edge of Fulham’s box. Eventually, Bobby Decordova-Reid broke through and tucked the ball underneath Marcus Bettinelli.
Slavisa Jokanovic, manager of Fulham, gestures towards the fourth official after a decision didn’t go his team’s way
Callum Paterson celebrates scoring Cardiff’s third goal of the game along with his team-mates as they went ahead
Denis Odoi of Fulham heads the ball forward during the Premier League match, as a number of players go up for the ball
Cardiff City’s substitute Kadeem Harris put the final nail in Fulham’s coffin with a goal late on in the match to make it 4-2
It became 2-2 after 33 minutes when Aleksandar Mitrovic snuck a through-ball for Sessegnon to score his first Premier League goal – a momentous moment for the 18-year-old.
The first half had been a nightmare for Arsenal loanee Chambers. As a result, Jokanovic hauled him off and introduced Alfie Mawson.
In the 65th minute, a cross led to confusion in the Fulham box. Tim Ream failed to clear, as did Kevin McDonald. Paterson pounced, getting to the ball before Mawson and scoring.
The game was soon killed off when Ream slipped, sparking a Cardiff attack. After several shots and attempted crosses, Harris found a finish for 4-2.
So the spoils went to Cardiff, who scored four-plus goals in a top-flight game for the first time since September 1961.
As for Fulham, they spent £105million in the summer to accommodate their lavish style of play but left wondering whether it is time to go back to basics.
Fulham manager Jokanovic greets Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock with a handshake ahead of the encounter
But it was Warnock’s team who came out on top in the match, and they now go ahead of Fulham in the Premier League
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