Reflections from a rainy day in Cardiff.
Stefan Johansen has had better first halves – despite his goal
Passes astray, shots way over and worse still after he took a great goal, the midfielder let a ball escape from under his feet as he looked up to make the next pass.
Keep your eye on the ball, eight-year-olds are told on a Sunday morning and Kenneth Zohore did to equalise.
It was very uncharacteristic.
In fact, the Fulham defence suffered in the rain
Both goals were highly preventable. The second saw Whites dither around 25 yards out, and Zahore, as you have gathered, likes gifts.
Jokanovic admitted both sides made mistakes, which was just as well.
Cardiff would have been of sight had they taken chances
City were a different side to the January FA Cup outfit that surrendered 2-1 in front of a paltry Sunday morning crowd.
The Bluebirds knew the trick was to harass Fulham the second they got the ball. Press hard, press tight and you stand a chance.
Fulham have seen that coming most of the season. A fair number of games have seen them still shift the ball around like a pinball machine notching up scores before hitting jackpot.
It was one of those days when the ball all but disappeared down the slot.
Grounds for staying the same
For those who think Craven Cottage is outdated, the Cardiff City Stadium is a reminder of careful what you wish.
City’s ground since 2009 is modern, easily accessible, boasts terrific viewing – and it’s soulless.
The modern stadia all look like city centres. You can’t tell one from the other.
The DW Stadium, The King Power Stadium, The KCOM Stadium, The XYZ Stadium soon to be built – they’re pretty much interchangeable.
Yeah, the urinals and the ‘toilets’ in the Stevenage Road stand of the Cottage are an experience, but the ground still boasts a terrific walk through Bishop’s Park, if you’re coming that way.
It also looks different, because it is, and long may it stay that way.
How much will Fulham miss Lucas Piazon over the next few games?
The victim of a broken jaw as he tangled with Lucas Nadeem on the touchline and was also booked for his pains, and pain it looked, has become an integral part of Whites on the midfield left.
It couldn’t have come at a worst time.
However, this is where Floyd Ayite or Neeskens Kebano steps up to the plate that facilitates a return for Chris Martin. Hmmm…maybe both in the side, rather than the lacklustre Derby loanee.
And the match...
It rained on Fulham's parade as a fourth win on the trot was denied them by a much better Cardiff than the side Whites beat in January.
That FA Cup win was beguiling, because this Bluebirds under Neil Warnock were a lot tougher.
Whites had to come from behind with a leveller from Neeskens Kebano to get their point after goals from Kenneth Zohore, and a first equaliser from Stefan Johansen saw points shared.
Unusually, Whites were under the cosh for the first five minutes.
Tomas Kalas did just enough to put off Junior Hoilett who fired over from all of five yards.
Back at his old club, Scott Malone back cleared as the ball flashed across goal and then David Button spread himself to deny Sol Bamba from even closer than Hoilett's chance.
The latter had the easiest chance yet three minutes later, but again Button was down left to push away.
But out of nothing Fulham counter-attacked in numbers. The ball was fed wide to Johansen who cut in and fired low and true for 1-0.
However, Whites lost Lucas Piazon in a tackle for which the midfielder was also booked to add salt to his wounds.
And then a dreadful mistake from the man who put Whites ahead.
Johansen let the ball slip under his feet as last man and Zohore ran on to put it past Button, even though the keeper got a hand to the shot.
Fulham were nearly ahead a second time as McDonald got a back post header cleared off the line. From the rebound Floyd Ayite forced Allan McGregor into a fine one-handed save.
Kebano completely shanked a decent sight of goal inside the box - and held his head in his hands to underline it.
Craig Noone wasted another decent set-up on 55 minutes when he thrashed over inside the box.
Another mess-up at the back, and Cardiff were ahead a second time. Whites defence lost the plot and Zohore got on his bike to ram a tremendous hit past Button.
But the second leveller was pure Fulham.
Eye of the needle passes and a final defence splitter from Cairney played in Kebano who rolled it home for 2-2.
David Button made a fantastic save at his near post as the clock counted down - and none of the travelling support could complain at the result.
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