Fulham 1 – 1 Cardiff
This Saturday’s match came as an unexpectedly tough one for the bluebirds. Fulham, while with us in the Premier League last year, were yet to put a single point on the table, losing their first 4 games on the trot. They put up a hard battle against Cardiff and I imagine if you watch the highlights from the game you are most likely to see a lot of action from the black and white shirts of Fulham.
There were not too many positives to be brought out of the first half performance, from a City perspective. The Cottagers were in control and to be completely fair, they thoroughly deserved the lead at half time. A lovely header into the corner of the net from Hoogland midway through the first half promising a possible three points for the home fans. Barring a couple of nice linkages from Daehli and some decent, if sparse, shots on goal… not much happened in the Bluebird’s favour
The second half performance was a marked improvement, but still not what we’d have hoped for against a team who are in poor form currently. Play was tightened and there were more chances made for city, some especially nice ones including the link up between Daehli and Jones which was coolly put through the keeper’s legs and bringing Cardiff back into the match.
Though he doesn’t like the nickname, Solskjaer is certainly living up to the Tinkerman moniker. A change for this match of four compared to the recent loss against Wolves. Gunnarsson, Hudson, Adeyemi and Maynard hit the bench while Brayford, Daelhi, and Jones took the field. The last on the list was Dikgacoi, making his first league start for Cardiff.
A highlight of the game, for me,was the inclusion of Joe Ralls for the last half hour. While he didn’t completely change the game, he did play well, and had a wonderful shot from range which was unfortunately straight at the Fulham keeper. All in all, a lucky point for Cardiff. Quite possibly not deserved, though I won’t argue too much against it.
We now have a weeks rest until our next two games come in quick succession. First on Saturday, when we’ll face the last of the Premier League dropouts Norwich, and then on Tuesday we host Middlesbrough, who hit mid-table hard last year finishing 12th at the end of the season. For me, I’d be happy with a draw against the canaries, and have my fingers crossed for 2-0 against the Boro…though that may well be because that’s the next match I’ll be in attendance for.
I’m still not too worried about our season so far. There are far worse places to be right now than 9th in the league and though we’ve had a few ups and downs already. Though I can understand the need for fresh legs, and I know we have more matches this season. hopefully Ole will be able to settle on a First Team in the near future.
Onwards and Upwards Bluebirds!!