The Bluebirds’ maiden 2015-16 Championship match ended with honours even after Fulham went ahead against the run of play through Matt Smith, only for Craig Noone to fire in a fantastic equaliser in the closing minutes.
In the aftermath of an enthralling fixture at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff City manager Russell Slade offered his perspective to the assembled press and media.
“We massively deserved the point,” Russell said. “On the balance of play and with the opportunities both teams created, I think we were unlucky not to be in front by half-time.
"Fulham’s goalkeeper Andy Lonergan made two fantastic saves to deny Joe Mason either side of the post – making it was clear that it was going to take a very good shot to beat him.
“In the second period we hit the crossbar, had one disallowed and totally against the run of play we made a mistake and found ourselves one down. However, we showed great desire and attitude, changed our shape as we went forward and aimed for all three points.”
Craig Noone’s sensational late equaliser – a 25-yard, curling effort in to the far corner - earned Cardiff the goal that their overall play justified. The manager understandably pleased with the winger’s contribution.
“He does it so many times in training,” he continued. “It was a fantastic finish today – just what we required. Craig has had years where he’s hit double figures so maybe this is his season to push on again and grab some more. It was a positive reaction from him to come on and prove a point after starting the game on the bench; that’s what you want.
“Matthew Connolly has also performed very well lately, being partnered with Sean Morrison for the past few games. They’ve developed a decent relationship together and the pair made some good blocks, both having shots blocked at the other end. I’m happy with the way they’re going about their business at the moment.”
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