Fulham eased past Cardiff in the third round of the FA Cup, with a poor attendance watching.
Fulham dominated the early stages, but fell behind in the eight minute. Anthony Pilkington’s free-kick took a heavy deflection off Lucas Piazon in the Fulham wall. Six minutes later Fulham levelled. Ryan Fredericks took the ball past Joe Bennett on the right wing, before squaring for Stefan Johansen to finish high into the net.
Cardiff, and especially Bennett struggled to deal with Fredericks down the Fulham right. He was involved in their second goal as well. In the 33rs minute, he crossed into the box again, Tom Cairney hit the bar with a volley and 16 year old Ryan Sessegnon tapped in. The first half seemed easy for Fulham and they eased to the lead at half time.
In the second half, Fulham had chances to increase their lead. Brian Murphy saved from Piazon and Sone Aluko, but it didn’t matter in the end as Cardiff barely threatened. Neil Warnock said after the game that he hadn’t really been bothered about this match, and this showed as his team didn’t put up much of a fight. Fulham had as much as 76% of possession.
This is the third year in a row that City have hosted a third round FA Cup game with a shocking attendance. This game had an attendance of 5,199.
Next up for the Bluebirds is a lunchtime kickoff against Bristol City on Saturday, the 14th of January.