Friday 10 July 2020, 8:15pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Mitrovic (pen) 35'; Onomah 66'
Cardiff City
Cardiff City

35' Penalty

Aleksandar Mitrovic

66' Goal

Josh Onomah

39' Yellow Card

Anthony Knockaert Card was given for a foul

58' Yellow Card

Michael Hector Card was given for arguing during match

77' Yellow Card

Cyrus Christie Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefan Johansen
Off:Harry Arter

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ivan Cavaleiro
Off:Anthony Knockaert

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Bobby De Cordova-Reid

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steven Sessegnon
Off:Harrison Reed

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin McDonald
Off:Josh Onomah

81' Yellow Card

Joe Ralls Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lee Tomlin
Off:Dion Sanderson

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Robert Glatzel
Off:Callum Paterson

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Danny Ward
Off:David Junior Hoilett

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Murphy
Off:Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

Good form continued as Fulham marched to victory against Cardiff City on Friday night.

Good form continued as Fulham marched to victory against Cardiff City on Friday night.

A quality first-half penalty from the returning Aleksandar Mitrović was supplemented by another Josh Onomah slammer as we made it four wins in a row.

There was a fresh look to the Fulham line-up with a trio of changes from the impressive victory against Nottingham Forest prior. Neeskens Kebano dropped to the bench as Mitrović made a return following his three-match suspension, whist Anthony Knockaert and Cyrus Christie replaced Ivan Cavaleiro and Denis Odoi down the right.

It took until the 9th minute for the first shot of the game. Positive work between Mitrović and Knockaert down the right saw the ball come to Harrison Reed, whose speculative left-footed shot from 25 yards was comfortable for Alex Smithies in the Cardiff net.

Fulham were largely in control of possession early on but lacking sharpness in the final pass. However, loose play at the back saw Cardiff break away in the 18th minute through Nathanial Mendez-Laing. His shot was adjudged to have been blocked by the arm of Knockaert, with the resulting free kick coming to naught.

A few minutes later and Mendez-Laing was in again down the right, requiring a smart stop from Marek Rodák to keep out his front post blast.

The early scares seemed to awaken Fulham, who started bringing the game to the Bluebirds predominantly down the right. Christie, Reed and Knockaert were linking well, but couldn’t quite find a way through the defence who stood firm.

In the 34th minute Fulham were awarded a penalty. Knockaert and Christie combined again down the right, with the latter floating in a cross towards Mitrović who was clearly tugged back. The returning front man stepped up to take it, finishing emphatically into the top right for his first goal since the restart.

It was then time for a frantic few minutes as both teams hit the crossbar in quick succession. First, Joe Ralls’ half volley from the edge of the 18-yard box looped onto the Fulham bar as Cardiff searched for an equaliser.

Straight down the other end Bobby De Cordova-Reid went for top bins placement from 30 yards in what would’ve been a beauty but for the fingertips of Smithies, who did brilliantly to tip it onto the woodwork.

De Cordova-Reid went close again moments later. Knockaert, who had switched the left, was still causing trouble for Neil Harris’ side. He did well to find a yard before delivering into the danger area, but De Cordova-Reid’s glancing header went wide as Mitrović was lurking behind him.

The first change for Fulham came just shy of the hour mark, as Stefan Johansen came on for Harry Arter.

A quick throw out from Rodák set Joe Bryan clear down the left, who carried it upfield before whipping in a threatening cross. The Cardiff defence smothered it as Mitrović beckoned, with firm suspicions of a handball being waved away by the referee.

Fulham got their second after 66 minutes. From a throw-in the ball was tapped about between substitute Johansen and Onomah, before Onomah rifled a shot across goal into the far-left corner giving a cushion to Scott Parker’s side.

There should’ve been a third minutes later. Bryan’s delivery was again on-point, this time from a free kick, but the pace meant Christie couldn’t keep his header down from 6 yards out.

A double change saw freshness down the wings after 78 minutes, as Kebano and Cavaleiro swapped with De Cordova-Reid and Knockaert.

Parker made use of all five changes as Steven Sessegnon and Kevin McDonald came on to steady the ship in the last five minutes.

Kebano had a massive chance with a free header from close range after Cavaleiro had danced down the left and chipped a cross in, but his connection wasn’t the cleanest allowing Smithies to claim.

In the end it was another professional display from Fulham who will look to keep the momentum going at West Brom on Tuesday.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Friday 10 July 2020
Kick-off: 8:15pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Referee: Gavin Ward


Line-up: Rodák; Christie, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Arter (Johansen 60'), Reed (Steven Sessegnon 84'); Knockaert (Cavaleiro 78'), Onomah (McDonald 84'), De Cordova-Reid (Kebano 78'); Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Odoi, Mawson, Le Marchand

Manager: Scott Parker

Cardiff City

Line-up: Smithies; Sanderson (Tomlin 45'), Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Leandro Bacuna, Vaulks; Mendez-Laing (Murphy 87'), Ralls, Hoilett (Ward 73'); Paterson (Glatzel 67')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Flint, Sol Bamba, Brad Smith, Pack

Manager: Neil Harris

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Leeds United 42 81
2 West Bromwich Albion 42 80
3 Fulham 43 76
4 Brentford 42 75
5 Nottingham Forest 42 68
6 Cardiff City 43 64
7 Swansea City 42 63
8 Preston North End 42 61
9 Derby County 42 61
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 59
11 Millwall 42 59
12 Bristol City 42 58
13 Reading 42 53
14 Queens Park Rangers 42 53
15 Wigan Athletic 42 53
16 Sheffield Wednesday 42 52
17 Birmingham City 42 49
18 Middlesbrough 42 47
19 Huddersfield Town 43 47
20 Charlton Athletic 42 46
21 Stoke City 42 46
22 Hull City 42 45
23 Luton Town 43 44
24 Barnsley 42 42
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 3Michael Hector
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • Scott Parker
Cardiff City (4-2-3-1)
  • 12Alex Smithies
  • 2Dion Sanderson
  • 4Sean Morrison
  • 16Curtis Nelson
  • 3Joe Bennett
  • 7Leandro Bacuna
  • 6Will Vaulks
  • 19Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
  • 8Joe Ralls
  • 33David Junior Hoilett
  • 13Callum Paterson
  • 1Neil Etheridge
  • 5Aden Flint
  • 22Sol Bamba
  • 24Brad Smith
  • 11Josh Murphy
  • 15Marlon Pack
  • 9Robert Glatzel
  • 17Lee Tomlin
  • 23Danny Ward
  • Neil Harris
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross
  • 34' Penalty Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 34' Penalty conceded by Dion Sanderson (Cardiff City) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 33' Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Dion Sanderson (Cardiff City).
  • 32' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joe Bennett.
  • 29' Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).
  • 29' Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 21' Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Marek Rodák.
  • 21' Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 18' Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 18' Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.
  • 12' Hand ball by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 10' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 10' Callum Paterson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 9' Attempt saved. Harrison Reed (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 6' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 6' Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Cardiff City).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.