Fulham 1-1 Cardiff City
Fulham’s wait for a first Championship victory continues after the Whites were pegged back by Cardiff City today.
Felix Magath’s side have yet to pick up a single win after their opening five games of the season but at least a point was enough to lift them off the foot of the table.
Two changes were made to the side that started the midweek League Cup triumph over Brentford as Shaun Hutchinson and Ryan Williams dropped to the bench.
They were joined in the dugout by new signing Gabor Kiraly after the goalkeeper received international clearance while Emerson Hyndman and Nikolay Bodurov came into the XI.
Fulham came flying out of the traps and captain Scott Parker grazed the post early on after bursting forward on a positive run from the centre circle.
Ross McCormack then tried to bend one into the far corner with a decent effort after a nice turn and lay off from Dutchman Chris David.
McCormack was starting to play with a bit of swagger and it was the former Leeds United striker who turned provider to create the opening goal.
Having initially taken a corner, McCormack found himself in the left channel. Parker played the ball back out wide and the Scot’s inviting cross was glanced into the corner by Tim Hoogland.
Fulham won another corner in front of the Putney end.
McCormack again trotted over to take it in front of the tunnel. His vicious delivery swerved goalwards and crashed against the post, much to the relief of Bluebirds keeper David Marshall.
The Whites were popping the ball around Craven Cottage with ease and the only regret for the home side was that they only went in one goal to the good at the interval.
Fulham maintained their momentum into the second half.
Parker, as he did at the start of the first, bore down on goal and got his shot away. Marshall palmed it back to the ex-Spurs man, who played in Cauley Woodrow for another chance.
Woodrow’s miss would prove costly as Cardiff would equalise moments later.
Mats Daehli, who looked the most confident of the Bluebirds on the ball, found Kenwyne Jones with a perfectly-weighted pass and the striker rifled it into the bottom corner.
Jones’ leveller set the game up perfectly for a grandstand finish.
However, neither side could find the impetus nor the inspiration from their options on the bench to find a winner and Fulham’s wait for that elusive first win continues.
A trip to Reading is next up before the Whites take on league leaders Nottingham Forest.
Fulham: Bettinelli, Hoogland, Stafylidis, Bodurov, Parker (Eisfeld, 82), Voser, Woodrow (Chihi, 59), Hyndman, David (Dembele, 74), Burn, McCormack.
Subs (not used): Kiraly, Hutchinson, Roberts, Williams.
Attendance: 17, 508.