Newly promoted Cardiff City ended a run of six straight defeats across all competitions as they beat Fulham 4-2 to claim their first win of the 18/19 campaign. The Bluebirds had scored ONLY four goals in the eight league games leading up to this clash against Slavisa Jokanovic’s men, and DOUBLED their tally in a single game, helped by some truly atrocius defending from the visitors, which will almost certainly lead to more calls among Cottagers fans for their Serbian gaffer to be sacked. The result took Cardiff to five points and saw them leapfrog Fulham in the league standings
This was always a fixture likely to produce goals- none of the 36 previous meetings between the two sides had ended goalless.
Fulham took the lead through a beautiful long range strike from German Andre Schurrle. 11 of his 15 goals in the league have been away from home, and this would certainly be close to being top of the list- a shining light on an otherwise disappointing day for the Cottagers in the Welsh capital city.
Goals from Josh Murphy, who was a constant threat to Calum Chambers, and Bobby Reid, saw Cardiff go 2-1 ahead before Ryan Sessegnon created a little piece of history by making it 2-2- the first Premier League goal by a player born after 2000.
We mentioned earlier that Fulham’s defending was terrible, and none more so than the third goal, with the likes of Ream and McDonald not really covering themselves in glory as the Bluebirds regained the lead through Callum Paterson. Kadeem Harris confirmed victory with his strike three minutes from time.
Fulham have now conceded 25 goals in nine games, which is the highest we’ve seen from a team at this stage of the season in quite some while. No other PL team has conceded more than 19.
Cardiff will be up against Liverpool (away) next week while Fulham will be seeking their first win of the month at home against Bournemouth, a tough ask given the Cherries’ flying start to the season (they’re sixth)