Fulham bounced back from a demoralising defeat at the hands of Lincoln City by registering an impressive victory at Cardiff City this afternoon – ending the Bluebirds’ brilliant six-match winning run.
Micky Adams demanded a response from his side following last week’s disappointing home defeat and they delivered inside the first minute. A devilish cross from Rob Scott eluded the home defence and they were queuing up to head it in at the back post. Mike Conroy knelt to nod home from barely two yards out to the delight of the travelling fans.
Former Fulham cult hero Jeff Eckhardt made have thought he was still lining up for the Whites. It was the only explanation for a dreadful defensive error that presented possession to Scott, allowing the forward a free run on goal. Before he could shoot beyond Cardiff keeper Tony Elliott, he was hauled to the ground in the area by Craig Middleton. Centre back Mark Blake converted the ensuing penalty with a minimum of fuss.
Cardiff did improve in the second half but by the time Steve White reduced the arrears their visitors only had stoppage time to see out, which they did straightforwardly.
CARDIFF CITY: Elliott; Perry, Eckhardt, Middleton, Fowler, White, Dale, Philliskirk, Baddeley, Gardner (Bennett 45), Fleming. Subs (not used): Young, Lloyd.
GOAL: White (89).
FULHAM: Lange; Watson, Herrera, Cullip, Blake, Cusack, Carpenter, Cockerill, Morgan (Angus 75), Scott (Brooker 86), Conroy. Subs (not used): Freeman.
BOOKED: Cullip, Watson, Cusack, Angus.
GOALS: Conroy (1), Blake (pen 34).