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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Fulham

18 October 2018

Neil Warnock’s men host the Whites at CCS on Saturday, 20th October 2018.

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In the hot seat

Slaviša Jokanović’s side arrive at CCS off the back of a 5-1 crushing defeat at the hands of Arsenal at Craven Cottage, leaving the Whites with one win this season.

Jokanović and his team joined Warnock’s side in the Premier League after they won last season’s Championship Play-Off Final, defeating Aston Villa, 1-0. The Whites were forced to take the Play-Off route after they were beaten to the second automatic promotion spot on the final day of the season by the Bluebirds.

The Serbian has managed in six different countries and made over 400 appearances as player, where he represented Partizan, Tenerife, Chelsea and helped Deportivo de La Coruña win their first Spanish league title in their 1999-2000 campaign. The defensive midfielder also netted sixty-six goals during his playing career, the most arriving at Partizan during a three-year spell where he scored twenty goals for the Serbian outfit.

The Serbian also guided the Hornets to England’s top flight in 2015, after Watford finished in second spot.

Squad Info

Aleksandar Mitrović has undoubtedly been Fulham’s brightest player this term, having found his feet at Craven Cottage in 2018. The Serbian striker netted 12 goals in 17 Championship matches during a loan spell last year and has continued his fine form since the move was made permanent in late July, with five Premier League strikes thus far. Fellow striker Luciano Vietto leads the way in terms of assists, with four this term.

Jokanović added seven players on a permanent basis during the summer, including midfield  duo Jean Michaël Seri and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, defensive pair Joe Bryan and Alfie Mawson, and goalkeeper Fabri. Arguably, even more impressive were the players brought in on loan; Premier League and World Cup winner André Schürrle has netted three times already, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah and the aforementioned Vietto have also signed temporary deals from Manchester United and Atlético Madrid respectively.

Despite pressure from Fabri, and another loanee Sergio Rico, goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has managed to keep his place between the sticks at Craven Cottage. His impressive form has even seen him called up to the England squad in recent months.

Memorable Meeting

Cardiff City 1-0 Fulham - Cardiff City Stadium, January 10th, 2015.

A memorable day for all Bluebirds supporters - that very nearly didn't happen as adverse weather conditions impacted South Wales. Emergency services were called to fix part of the Ninian Stand - damaged by the excessive winds.

18-months before he became skipper, Sean Morrison, stepped up on that day, heading home an Aron Gunnarsson long throw to the delight of the 22,000+ in attendance at CCS.

Scott Malone and Alex Revell made debuts for Cardiff City against the Whites during that game.

Club Connections

The aforementioned Malone moved from City to Fulham in summer 2016 as part of the deal that brought former Academy player Jazz Richards back to Cardiff City FC. The English left-back has since gone on to play for both Huddersfield Town and now Derby County.

Another player who could face off this Saturday against familiar opposition is Neil Etheridge. The Filipino international joined our opponents in 2008, but never made an appearance for the Cottagers and encountered loan spells for Charlton Athletic, Bristol Rovers and Crewe Alexandra during his time in London, before he departed in 2014 to join Oldham Athletic.

Ross McCormack, Phil Stant and Mark Hudson are just a few of the players who have featured for both the Bluebirds and the Whites. 

Former Cardiff City manager Alan Cork finished his playing career at Fulham during the 1994-95 season - scoring three times. He later joined the backroom staff at Craven Cottage.

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Slaviša Jokanović

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 4-2 Fulham

20 October 2018

The Bluebirds recorded their first win of the Premier League season, defeating Fulham 4-2 in a thrilling match at Cardiff City Stadium.

Returning to action after the international break, Neil Warnock made two changes to the side that faced Tottenham Hotspur last time out. Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson came in for his first appearance of the season to replace the suspended Joe Ralls, whilst Bobby Decordova-Reid was named ahead of Junior Hoilett.

Fulham, who came into this clash in seventeenth place, took the lead after eleven minutes with a thunderous strike. Summer signing André Schürrle was the man on target, netting his fourth goal for the Whites. The German international and World Cup winner took aim from thirty yards and struck a superb effort into the top corner, with Neil Etheridge unlucky not to tip the ball around the post.

Despite the early setback, the Bluebirds responded in excellent fashion, netting an equaliser four minutes later through Josh Murphy. The winger picked up Sol Bamba’s pass on the left flank, drove into the box and curled a low shot into the far corner of the net, beating Marcus Bettinelli and drawing the sides level.

With the game back in the balance, City took full advantage and grabbed a second goal after twenty minutes. A free-kick routine involving Víctor Camarasa and Callum Paterson did not quite go to plan, though Bobby Decordova-Reid made the most of the situation. As Fulham tried to clear the ball, Aron Gunnarsson’s block deflected the ball back through the defence and into the path of Reid, who kept his calm and finished well, opening his account for the club.

However, with goalmouth action clearly on the script, Fulham got a second goal of their own. Aleksandar Mitrović received the ball on the edge of the area and instantly delivered a neat pass, which found Ryan Sessegnon. The young winger burst into the box and delicately lifted the ball past Etheridge, sending the teams in at the break on level pegging after a lively first half.

The Bluebirds started brightly in the second half, with Harry Arter and Callum Paterson going close. Sean Morrison also had a good opportunity; the skipper headed over the bar from a Joe Bennett cross. Despite Fulham’s possession City were the better side in the second period, and were justly rewarded with a crucial third goal.

Iceland captain Gunnarsson started the move, driving forward and finding Bruno Ecuele Manga. The defender delivered a first-time, low cross into the box, which found Decordova-Reid. The attacker touched the ball onto Paterson, who turned sharply before stroking the ball into the corner with pinpoint accuracy, putting the Bluebirds back in the driving seat.

The Whites pressed for an equaliser, and went close in the 85th minute. Alfie Mawson’s powerful header from a corner was destined for the bottom corner, but a superb one handed a save from Etheridge prevented a Fulham third.

As tension heightened around Cardiff City Stadium, Warnock’s men made sure of the result with a fourth goal, settling the result before injury time. A slip from Tim Ream allowed Camarasa to race forward and deliver into the box. His ball to the back post was met by substitute Kadeem Harris, who had timed his run to perfection – enabling him to stab home, easing the nerves of the City faithful.

The eagerly anticipated final whistle confirmed City’s first victory of the Premier League season, taking the Bluebirds ahead of the Whites in the table. Neil Warnock’s side will be on their travels next weekend, as they face Liverpool at Anfield on October 27th.

FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF CITY 4-2 FULHAM

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Gunnarsson (Richards 77’) Arter (Damour 86’), Camarasa, J.Murphy (Harris 81’), Decordova-Reid, Paterson. Subs not used: Smithies, Cunningham, Hoilett, Zohore.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Odoi, Ream, Le Marchand, Chambers (Mawson 46’), Johansen (Vietto 82), McDonald, Seri (Ayite 58’), Schurrle, Sessegnon, Mitrovic. Subs not used: Rico, Christie, Zambo-Anguissa, Kamara.

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