Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones’ fourth goal in five matches earned Cardiff City a share of the spoils at struggling Fulham yesterday in the Championship division in England.
The Bluebirds were off the pace in the opening 45 minutes, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were much improved after half-time and just about deserved the point that meant they avoided back-to-back defeats following last weekend’s loss to Wolves.
Scott Parker dominated midfield for Fulham and played a significant role in the build-up to their first half goal that had Cardiff fans fearing the worst.
Ross McCormack’s corner was headed away, but Parker fired a first-time pass back out to the former Cardiff man. McCormack darted inside, curled in an inswinger and Tim Hoogland gained half a yard on Sean Morrison to guide his header into the far former from 15 yards.
Fulham started the match lying bottom of the Championship, but they dominated before the break against a Cardiff team that seemed strangely subdued.
Cardiff came out hard in the second half and City man of the match Mats Daehli set up the equaliser with a peach of a pass which opened up Fulham’s defence to find Jones in space. The big striker fired home low from 15 yards for City’s equaliser after 56 minutes.
It was a far more even second-half, with Cardiff growing stronger into the final quarter. Daehli was the creative outlet for the Bluebirds throughout before he was replaced by Magnus Eikrem with eight minutes left. Kagisho Dikgacoi made his City League debut, but struggled to make an impact, while Federico Macheda went on during the second half for his first Championship appearance.