Saturday 10 January 2015, 3:00pm at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Cardiff City
Cardiff City
1
Morrison 14'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

14' Goal

Sean Morrison
Assist by Aron Gunnarsson

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alex Revell
Off:Kenwyne Jones

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Declan John
Off:Scott Malone

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kadeem Harris
Off:Adam Le Fondre

6' Yellow Card

Shaun Hutchinson Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Cauley Woodrow

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sean Kavanagh
Off:Seko Fofana

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembele
Off:Hugo Rodallega

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Fulham could not break down a stubborn Cardiff City as Sean Morrison’s early goal proved decisive.

Fulham could not break down a stubborn Cardiff City as Sean Morrison’s early goal proved decisive.

After a promising start from the Whites, Morrison’s header squirmed between Marcus Bettinelli and Jack Grimmer on 14 minutes to find the back of the Fulham net.

Kit Symons' side dominated possession and controlled the game for long periods but could not create a clear cut opportunity to trouble stand-in Bluebirds goalkeeper Simon Moore.

Ryan Tunnicliffe and Alexander Kačaniklić, as a substitute, returned from their loan spells to give the Whites a different dimension, but Cardiff proved too resolute a test as Fulham failed to find the net for a fourth straight game.

Following a scare that the match may be postponed due to high winds damaging the roof of the stadium, the game was given the all clear at 1.20pm. Wearing their traditional blue strip at home for the first time in over two years, Cardiff kicked off in front of a vocal crowd.

But the Whites did well to restrict their chances to cheer early on, taking the game to the Bluebirds, with Tunnicliffe the only change to Kit Symons’ side from the FA Cup draw with Wolverhampton last week. He replaced the injured Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Cardiff sprung into action on six minutes when forward Adam Le Fondre skipped away from Shaun Hutchinson on the left, which led to a mistimed tackle and a yellow card, but his cross shortly after dropped to safety.

The Whites were moving the ball around midfield better than their opponents in the opening exchanges before another half chance fell to Morrison, a 12th minute header from Aron Gunnarsson’s long throw-in clearing Marcus Bettinelli’s crossbar.

Another long-throw opportunity a few minutes later resulted in Cardiff getting the break-through. Morrison climbed highest this time, Bettinelli got his hand to it, and Grimmer wasn’t able to clear before the ball nestled in the Fulham net.

A good response followed, as Hugo Rodallega engineered space but saw his shot cannon back off Ben Turner. A penalty shout for handball was then dismissed after Ross McCormack’s driven cross found its way to Rodallega.

The Whites soon found themselves defending another Gunnarsson long throw on 20 minutes, which caused chaos in the box until Kostas Stafylidis hacked Morrison’s reactive effort off the goal-line.

Rodallega’s driving run earned a corner on 26 minutes, but Cardiff defended the first and second deliveries from McCormack well with Cauley Woodrow lurking at the far post.

Taking every opportunity to shoot, Rodallega tested Moore from distance but Cardiff’s usual back-up goalkeeper got down well to save on 29 minutes. A reminder of the hosts’ danger was served to Fulham on the half hour, with Le Fondre’s collecting a pass on the counter-attack and hitting a tame effort at Bettinelli.

More good Whites build-up play on 35 minutes saw Captain Scott Parker find Woodrow on the edge of the area but his snap shot on the spin flew over the Cardiff crossbar. The equaliser almost arrived on 38 minutes. when, following a smart spin, McCormack lofted a shot which had Moore beaten but it dropped onto the roof of the Cardiff keeper’s net.

For all of our possession, the Whites were almost made to pay on the stroke of half-time when Nikolay Bodurov and Stafylidis came to the rescue with important clearances. Fulham continued in a similar vein at the start of the second half, with plenty of passing and little to show for it, as McCormack mixed it up with a direct pass which nearly played in Woodrow.

Morrison and John Brayford were off target for Cardiff as the home side reasserted themselves, playing the ball on the ground more after Kenwyne Jones was replaced at half-time for debutant Alex Revell.

McCormack showed determination to make progress through midfield as the clock ticked past the hour mark and, after he was upended by Peter Whittingham, his 25-yard free kick hit the target but didn’t really trouble Moore.

Symons looked to his own substitutes bench and made a double change on 61 minutes, with Sean Kavanagh and Kačaniklić coming on for Seko Fofana and Woodrow.

Kačaniklić came within a stud length of making a big impact after McCormack's threaded him through on 69 minutes. The Swedish international slid to react the pass but could not quite toe the ball past Moore.

It was still fairly end-to-end entering the closing stages, with Kavanagh testing the Cardiff backline with a couple of dangerous crosses, as Symons threw Dembélé on in place of Rodallega on 74 minutes.

Although the Bluebirds were keeping it tight at the back, they continued to push for a second goal and Whittingham gave the Whites fans a scare when his daisy-cutter skimmed wide of Bettinelli’s post.

Fulham threw everything they had at the Cardiff goal as the time ran out, with Bettinelli almost getting his head on McCormack's corner, but the home side held on to leave the Whites empty handed.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 10 January 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 22,515

Referee: Nigel Miller

Cardiff City

Line-up: Moore; Brayford, Morrison, Turner, Malone (John 81'); Adeyemi, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone; Jones (Revell 45'), Le Fondre (Harris 90')

Unused substitutes: Wilson, Connolly, Kim Bo-Kyung, Ralls

Manager: Russell Slade

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker; Fofana (Kavanagh 61'), Tunnicliffe; McCormack; Woodrow (Kacaniklic 61'), Rodallega (Dembele 73')

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Burn, Roberts, George Williams

Manager: Kit Symons

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 25 48
2 Derby County 25 48
3 Ipswich Town 25 47
4 Middlesbrough 25 44
5 Brentford 25 43
6 Watford 25 41
7 Norwich City 25 40
8 Sheffield Wednesday 25 37
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 24 35
11 Cardiff City 25 34
12 Birmingham City 25 34
13 Nottingham Forest 25 31
14 Charlton Athletic 25 31
15 Huddersfield Town 25 31
16 Bolton Wanderers 25 30
17 Reading 25 30
18 Fulham 25 28
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 25 26
20 Rotherham United 25 26
21 Leeds United 25 25
22 Millwall 25 23
23 Wigan Athletic 25 20
24 Blackpool 25 17
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
19
7
Shots On Target
4
2
Passing Accuracy
59%
79%
Fouls
8
9
Corners
4
6
Offsides
3
1
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Cardiff City (4-4-2)
  • 33Simon Moore
  • 2John Brayford
  • 36Sean Morrison
  • 6Ben Turner
  • 4Scott Malone
  • 18Tom Adeyemi
  • 17Aron Gunnarsson
  • 7Peter Whittingham
  • 11Craig Noone
  • 9Kenwyne Jones
  • 10Adam Le Fondre
Substitutes
  • 42Ben Wilson
  • 12Declan John
  • 16Matthew Connolly
  • 13Kim Bo-Kyung
  • 21Joe Ralls
  • 40Kadeem Harris
  • 29Alex Revell
Manager
  • Russell Slade
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
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, Cardiff City 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Brayford.
  • 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Adam Le Fondre.
  • 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Turner.
  • 89' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Alex Revell (Cardiff City).
  • 88' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 88' Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
  • 85' Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).
  • 85' Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Offside, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson tries a through ball, but Alex Revell is caught offside.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by John Brayford.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.
  • 83' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 82' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 82' Alex Revell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 81' Substitution, Cardiff City. Declan John replaces Scott Malone.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi with a cross.
  • 75' Attempt saved. Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Kavanagh with a cross.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 74' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 74' Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 71' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Foul by Alex Revell (Cardiff City).
  • 70' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Kavanagh.
  • 67' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.
  • 66' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 66' Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Sean Kavanagh replaces Seko Fofana.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Cauley Woodrow.
  • 61' Attempt missed. John Brayford (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Revell.
  • 60' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 59' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City).
  • 56' Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone.
  • 52' Attempt missed. John Brayford (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.
  • 46' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • Second Half begins Cardiff City 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Cardiff City. Alex Revell replaces Kenwyne Jones.
  • 45'+1' First Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi with a headed pass.
  • 45' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 45' Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 39' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Seko Fofana.
  • 35' Attempt missed. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kenwyne Jones.
  • 31' Offside, Cardiff City. Sean Morrison tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.
  • 27' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Craig Noone.
  • 25' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).
  • 25' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 25' Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 24' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 23' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 23' Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).
  • 22' Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.
  • 22' Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Turner following a corner.
  • 22' Attempt missed. Ben Turner (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.
  • 21' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass.
  • 18' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 18' Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Attempt blocked. Ben Turner (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 16' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 14' Goal! Cardiff City 1, Fulham 0. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 13' Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 13' John Brayford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 11' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).
  • 10' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 10' Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 6' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 6' Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham).
  • 6' Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Offside, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.