Saturday 9 September 2017, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Ryan Sessegnon 75'
Cardiff City
Cardiff City
1
Ward 83'

75' Goal

Ryan Sessegnon

29' Yellow Card

Yohan Mollo Card was given for arguing during match

70' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

71' Yellow Card

Stefan Johansen Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

David Button Card shown to player for time wasting

54' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Oliver Norwood
Off:Ibrahima Cissé

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Yohan Mollo

83' Goal

Danny Ward
Assist by Liam Feeney

30' Yellow Card

Joe Bennett Card was given for arguing during match

36' Yellow Card

Sean Morrison Card was given for a foul

79' Yellow Card

Lee Peltier Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Craig Bryson
Off:Loïc Damour

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Ward
Off:Kenneth Zohore

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Feeney
Off:David Junior Hoilett

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Ryan Sessegnon opened his account for the season, but saw his side pegged back as Cardiff City claimed a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

Ryan Sessegnon opened his account for the season, but saw his side pegged back as Cardiff City claimed a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

The Welsh outfit arrived in SW6 with the only 100 per cent record in the Championship after Fulham ended Ipswich Town’s winning run last time out, and there was little between the teams in the first half.

Things livened up after the break, though, as the Whites had Floyd Ayite hit a post and Stefan Johansen’s shot cleared with the goalkeeper beaten, before Sessegnon rifled home when the ball dropped kindly for him in the box.

But the league leaders ensured they’d take a point back with them down the M4 when substitutes Liam Feeney and Danny Ward combined late on for the latter to head home.

With a number of injuries to contend with, Slavisa Jokanovic was forced to shuffle his pack. Denis Odoi and Ibrahima Cisse both came into the starting XI, while Ayite returned from injury to lead the line and Yohan Mollo was handed a debut on the right wing. Kevin McDonald was handed the captain’s armband in the absence of Tom Cairney.

The first decent chance of the game arrived in the 20th minute when Ayite did well inside the box to find Sessegnon who tried to guide a first time effort towards the far top corner, but it floated just over.

It was Cardiff’s turns to threaten two minutes later when Joe Ralls swung in a dangerous cross from the left which was headed wide by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

The game had burst into life and within seconds Fulham went close again. Lovely link-up play saw Stefan Johansen slide Sessegnon in, whose shot was tipped behind by Whites Academy graduate Neil Etheridge. Astonishingly, a goal-kick was given.

The referee, Mr Harrington, further endeared himself to the home fans shortly after when some neat Mollo skill saw him flick the ball into the outstretched arm of Mendez-Laing, which somehow went unnoticed by the officials. The Bluebirds attacker countered as a result, but thankfully his cross was well smothered by David Button.

On the half-hour mark, both Mollo and Joe Bennett had their names taken, for reasons unknown. Mr Harrington was certainly keeping busy, then strangely awarding the visitors a free-kick after their midfielder Aron Gunnarsson went in high and late on McDonald.

Fulham were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box 10 minutes before the break after Ayite was chopped down by the sliding Sean Morrison, who was duly booked. Mollo took responsibility and curled a low effort just wide of the upright.

Johansen was putting in an industrious display for his side and on 39 minutes he broke into the box and pulled a ball back to his midfield colleague McDonald, but his shot was bravely charged down by Bennett.

Only a fine double save by Etheridge kept the scores level four minutes later. First he got across to palm away Johansen’s rocket, before bundling Ayite’s follow-up behind for a corner, which came to nothing.

The first opening of the second half came eight minutes in when Ralls was allowed to burst forwards, but he dragged his 20 yard effort well wide.

Cisse – who had been the victim of some robust challenges in the opening 45 – then made way for Oliver Norwood, with Aboubakar Kamara entering the fray not long after. Mollo was the departed, and he did so to a warm ovation from the home fans.

City’s first change came in the 63rd minute as new signing Craig Bryson came on for Loic Damour.

A minute later Ayite thought he’d opened the scoring when he drove forward and unleashed fury on his left foot, only to see his long range strike crack against the base of the post.

A glorious opening passed Fulham by midway through the second period. Etheridge sliced his clearance allowing Johansen to gallop beyond him with the ball, but Bennett was back to prevent the Norwegian’s shot from finding the net.

Mr Harrington continued his love affair with the Whites faithful when he booked McDonald for a perfectly timed slide tackle. It could have been worse had a blue shirt connected properly in the box at the subsequent free-kick, but Fulham were able to hack away from near the line.

Ayite then took a tumble in the box which appeared to be a stonewall foul, and in the next break in play Johansen was yellow carded following his remonstrations at the lack of a penalty being awarded.

Cardiff withdrew Kenneth Zohore in the 73rd minute, with Ward coming on in a like-for-like swap up top.

The breakthrough finally arrived with quarter of an hour remaining, with that man Sessegnon continuing to haunt the Welsh club. Having scored twice against them last term, the youngster lashed home at the Hammy End after Ayite was denied by a firm Bennett block.

Lee Peltier then became the latest player to be carded after he nearly chopped Johansen in two with a reckless lunge.

City’s final substitution saw Feeney come on for Junior Hoilett.

Cardiff found a way back into the game on 83 minutes when Ward got in between two defenders eight yards out and glanced in Feeney’s cross.

Hearts were in mouths in the final minute of normal time when Feeney’s mis-hit delivery looked as though it may drop in, but it skimmed the crossbar before being cleared to safety.

At the other end, a short corner was worked to Norwood whose snap shot zipped marginally over the bar, as the final opportunity of the match came and went.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 20,984

Referee: Tony Harrington

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Odoi; Cissé (Norwood 54'), McDonald; Mollo (Kamara 58'), Johansen, Ryan Sessegnon; Floyd Ayité

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Madl, Djalo, Graham, O'Riley

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Cardiff City

Line-up: Etheridge; Peltier, Morrison, Sol Bamba, Joe Bennett; Gunnarsson, Ralls; Mendez-Laing, Damour (Bryson 63'), Hoilett (Feeney 79'); Zohore (Ward 73')

Unused substitutes: Murphy, Ecuele Manga, Jazz Richards, Tomlin

Manager: Neil Warnock

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Cardiff City 6 16
2 Leeds United 6 14
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 13
4 Ipswich Town 6 12
5 Sheffield United 6 12
6 Middlesbrough 6 10
7 Derby County 6 10
8 Queens Park Rangers 6 10
9 Bristol City 6 9
10 Preston North End 6 9
11 Nottingham Forest 5 9
12 Fulham 6 7
13 Hull City 6 7
14 Barnsley 6 7
15 Reading 6 7
16 Norwich City 6 7
17 Sheffield Wednesday 5 6
18 Aston Villa 6 6
19 Millwall 6 5
20 Sunderland 6 5
21 Birmingham City 6 4
22 Burton Albion 6 4
23 Brentford 6 3
24 Bolton Wanderers 6 2
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
12
11
Shots On Target
4
2
Passing Accuracy
78%
60%
Fouls
18
22
Corners
5
2
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
4
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 22Yohan Mollo
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 23Marcelo Djalo
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 17Jordan Graham
  • 33Matt O'Riley
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Cardiff City (4-2-3-1)
  • 25Neil Etheridge
  • 2Lee Peltier
  • 4Sean Morrison
  • 14Sol Bamba
  • 3Joe Bennett
  • 17Aron Gunnarsson
  • 8Joe Ralls
  • 19Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
  • 20Loïc Damour
  • 33David Junior Hoilett
  • 10Kenneth Zohore
Substitutes
  • 28Brian Murphy
  • 5Bruno Ecuele Manga
  • 6Jazz Richards
  • 12Liam Feeney
  • 21Craig Bryson
  • 7Lee Tomlin
  • 9Danny Ward
Manager
  • Neil Warnock
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 1, Cardiff City 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1.
  • 90'+5' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).
  • 90'+4' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 90'+4' Danny Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+3' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stefan Johansen following a corner.
  • 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sol Bamba.
  • 90' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City).
  • 89' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 89' Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sol Bamba.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sol Bamba.
  • 83' Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 1. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.
  • 82' Offside, Cardiff City. Sol Bamba tries a through ball, but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is caught offside.
  • 82' David Button (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 81' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 81' Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 81' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 81' Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Substitution, Cardiff City. Liam Feeney replaces David Junior Hoilett.
  • 79' Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 78' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 78' Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).
  • 77' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 77' Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Goal! Fulham 1, Cardiff City 0. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara with a through ball.
  • 74' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 74' Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).
  • 73' Substitution, Cardiff City. Danny Ward replaces Kenneth Zohore.
  • 71' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 71' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 71' Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Morrison with a headed pass.
  • 70' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 69' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 69' Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 66' Offside, Fulham. Tomas Kalas tries a through ball, but Ryan Sessegnon is caught offside.
  • 64' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 64' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 64' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 64' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).
  • 63' Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Bryson replaces Loïc Damour.
  • 62' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
  • 61' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 61' Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 58' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Yohan Mollo.
  • 58' Offside, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.
  • 56' Foul by Yohan Mollo (Fulham).
  • 56' Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 56' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Foul by Loïc Damour (Cardiff City).
  • 54' Substitution, Fulham. Oliver Norwood replaces Ibrahima Cissé.
  • 54' Offside, Fulham. David Button tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 51' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Foul by Loïc Damour (Cardiff City).
  • 48' Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 48' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 48' Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Loïc Damour.
  • 47' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 47' Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Cardiff City 0.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Cardiff City 0.
  • 45'+3' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 45'+3' Attempt blocked. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenneth Zohore.
  • 45'+2' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 45'+2' Delay in match Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 45' Yohan Mollo (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 45' Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).
  • 43' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ibrahima Cissé.
  • 42' Attempt saved. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls.
  • 42' Foul by Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham).
  • 42' Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 41' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 41' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
  • 39' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 38' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 38' Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).
  • 36' Attempt missed. Yohan Mollo (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 36' Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 35' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 35' Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).
  • 33' Attempt missed. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 33' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 33' Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 31' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 31' Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).
  • 30' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 30' Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 30' Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.
  • 29' Yohan Mollo (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 26' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).
  • 24' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 24' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a through ball.
  • 22' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).
  • 22' Attempt missed. Loïc Damour (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 18' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 17' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 16' Delay in match Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 13' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 13' Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).
  • 11' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 11' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 11' Offside, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.
  • 8' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 8' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
  • 6' Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 5' Hand ball by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 5' Attempt blocked. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 4' Foul by Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham).
  • 4' David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.