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Cardiff lost their 100% record but, they stayed unbeaten thanks to a late header from Danny Ward to remain top of the Championship.

During a first half which Fulham shaded, Ryan Sessegnon came close to scoring with two left-footed shots which went wide. On his debut for Fulham, Yohan Mollo fired a free-kick just wide. Neil Etheridge had to be alert, first to deny Stefan Johanssen, and then to deny Floyd Ayite on the follow-up.

Cardiff came close through a Sean Morrison header which was saved in the bottom corner. It was always going to be tough to carry on the 100% record against a good Fulham side but, City did show very good organisation to defend against Fulham’s dangerous attack.

In the second half, Ayite came very close to opening scoring with a shot which hit the post. Etheridge nearly gifted Fulham a goal, after a sliced clearance fell to Johanssen, whose effort was blocked by Joe Bennett.

In the 75th minute, Sessegnon gave Fulham the lead. After Bennett blocked Ayite’s effort, Sessegnon cane in to slot the ball past Etheridge from close range.

It looked like that goal had ended City’s 100% record. But, in the 83rd minute, substitute Liam Feeney, crossed into the box and Ward headed past Fulham goalkeeper David Button to equalise for Cardiff. It was his first competitive goal since joining in the summer.

Neil Warnock has never won at Fulham and this game extended that run. But, Warnock seemed satisfied with this point. For large parts of this game it was attack v defence and the Bluebirds were very organised.

City remain top of the table with 16 points, whilst Fulham are 13th with 7 points. They have only won 1 in 11.

Next up for the Bluebirds is a trip to Preston on Tuesday, the 12 September. Hopefully we can keep up our great start with 3 points.

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