Fulham went into this game sitting 21st in the old Division Three, but a superb away performance saw them leapfrog Cardiff City in the standings, with the win rocketing Micky Adams’ side up to 15th.
Both sides had chances in the opening stages, with Phil Barber’s corner causing panic in the home penalty area, before Cardiff went straight up the other end in a move that culminated in Carl Dale firing just wide from outside the box.
A Dale header then beat Fulham stopper Tony Lange, but sailed wide of the post, with Fulham capitalising by taking the lead just after the half-hour point. Nick Cusack was fouled in a dangerous position and Rodney McAree stepped up to flight in an excellent free-kick that nestled in the back of the net.
The Bluebirds came out for the second half in a positive frame of mind and fashioned several opportunities to equalise, but to no avail. And with their attacking mindset leaving them open at the back, Fulham took advantage of the space in behind to double their lead on 52 minutes.
Robbie Herrera sent Rob Scott into space and the Fulham utility man kept his composure to round the goalkeeper and slide the ball into the open net from a relatively tight angle.
A flurry of goals then saw the scoreline change from 2-0 to 4-1 in a matter of minutes. First, Scott beat his man and delivered a fine cross that found Mick Conroy. The striker was twice foiled by the goalkeeper but made no mistake when firing in a third attempt.
Cardiff then pulled a goal back through Dale following a defensive lapse, but Fulham’s three-goal advantage was soon restored when a trademark long throw from Scott was flicked on by Nick Cusack and finished off by the head of Conroy.
The Whites could have extended their lead when Scott and Conroy each saw attempts pass them by, but it was a fantastic result nonetheless as they secured just their second – and final – away victory of the season.
From the archives
‘Micky’s Views’ – Micky Adams’ programme notes
“We went full of confidence down to Cardiff City, and although we didn’t play well and pass the ball around as fluently as I would like, our finishing came to the fore, and we ended up scoring four goals, all well taken, and we could have scored four more.
“I came away from Ninian Park thinking we didn’t play well, but I was pleased we did get our finishing boots on. A big thank you to all the fans who did travel to Cardiff, where your support was much appreciated.”