Ian Hunt presents live coverage of the FA Cup third-round match between Cardiff City and Fulham at the Cardiff City Stadium. Commentary by Rob Phillips and Iwan Roberts.
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The FA Cup third round, one of the most exciting times of the year for
football fans, and a competition that holds some anyone's full
memories for the Bluebirds. Can they make 2017 a year to remember as they
face Fulham? -- so many wonderful memories.
1927 - the fairy tale year for Cardiff City, the year they brought
the FA Cup home to Wales, an amazing Wembley win over Arsenal. Fulham and
the great Bobby Moore nearly got their hands on the trophy in 1975.
Alan Taylor! Runners-up to West Ham when Fulham were in Division Two.
And 2008, Cardiff incredibly booked their place at another Wembley
final. Joe Ledley! 35,000 Cardiff fans are delirious with joy! But
they couldn't quite go all the way, defeat to Premier League Portsmouth
ending an unforgettable FA Cup adventure.
Yes, lots of happy memories, lots of ups and downs as well for both teams
in recent years, Cardiff in a relegation battle, 19th in the
Championship, Fulham six points off the top intent. Today it is all
about creating a bit of magic in the FA Cup. Yes, a warm welcome to
Cardiff City Stadium, an early start in the FA Cup, I hope you have got
the bacon sandwiches ready. Two format Wales internationals are with
us, a warm welcome to you, first of all, a tough season for the
Bluebirds, they could do with a bit of excitement in this competition,
couldn't they? Yeah, they certainly could, and we are talking about the
biggest club competition in the world, no other domestic cup
generates the popularity, the excitement that the FA Cup does.
Let's not forget that Cardiff City have a lot of history in this
competition, it would be great to see them go on a good cup run, bring
a lot of excitement back, good for the players as well, help to instil
confidence. You are practically Mr Fulham, how good are they at the
moment? They have got a good balance, great pace, which is
essential at this level, a good-looking side. I want to take
you back 15 years, Danny, to that very special moment, part of the
Cardiff side that beat Leeds. This was a fantastic night, an amazing
atmosphere, really hostile, and let's not forget this was a
star-studded Leeds team, but we fancied it, we were up for it,
amazing to get the victory. Chasing Neil Warnock on the touchline! Life
is never dull with Neil Warnock around, Iwan Roberts is part of our
commentary team, and he caught up with the Cardiff City boss. There to
say you come into this game with the best result since you have been at
the club? By a mile, I thought the Villa result was very good, we had
to defend for our lives to keep the 1-0 win, delighted with everyone
that day. Two huge games in the league coming up, will your team
selection reflects how important they are? We have got a couple of
enforced changes, one injury, and one African nations with Bruno, so
we are only making three proper changes, five altogether with those
two. Only Newcastle have scored more goals than Fulham this season, you
will have to be at your best defensively. It will be a good test
for the lads coming in, they are so quick upstairs in Fulham, play and
go, and a number of people have said they are the best team they have
seen this year. It will be a good test to see we can compete with
that, with a few lads out. A bit of a brief Welsh lesson at the
end for Neil Warnock! He has made a few changes, but still a very strong
Cardiff side, and you think one man could have a big say in this game,
Sol Bamba. Being a fellow centre half, I had to pick him out, he has
been immense, a fantastic signing, instant hit with the fans, making
his debut against Bristol City, big, imposing centre back. He leads with
his performances, and the rest of the team rub off that, and he is
going to need another big performance today, covering up
against a really good Fulham side. Other players in the side, Rickie
Lambert upfront important, and a redstart for Emyr Huws. Yes, Ricky
Lambert will bring physicality to the front line, and I am delighted
that Emyr is making a start, he is not getting many runouts, it will be
a good game for him today. An opportunity for him this avenue.
What about the Fulham manager? He has been speaking to our reporter.
You have suggested that you are going to field a strong team today,
talk us through selection. Yeah, it is my strongest team right now, we
have some extra problems, some injured players, and this is my
strongest team for today. And despite the loss at the start of the
week, you come to this match on the back of some very good form? Yeah,
it is true, last week we had some distractions, but generally we have
played very well, we played with confidence, we still have some
weaknesses, and we will try to show our best face today. Thanks very
much. Yeah, they come here in decent form, Fulham, give us your
expertise, you have picked out the midfielder Kenny as one to watch.
Yes, an excellent player, why signed and My Titania, very creative, sets
of goals and school some wonderful goals. -- -- one I signed under
tenure. A team looking to find its way back to the Premier League.
There have been some ups and downs, when I took over, we were bottom of
the Championship, not really a squad fit for purpose, but the squad they
have got now is well equipped for a Championship challenge. Let's hear
from some of the players. Cardiff battling in the league, is this a
welcome distraction? It is all is a great occasion, and I think as
players we look forward to it. It is a good chance to have a good run,
hopefully go as far as we can, like you said, we are scrapping in the
lead at the moment for points, we know what we have got to do to get
out of there, but fully concentrating on the game today.
Welcome back! I enjoyed my time there, the FA Cup is different to
the lead, a bit more of a relaxed atmosphere, but I would expect...
Nice to be back, hopefully we can beat them today.
Yeah, the former Cardiff player Scott Malone returning to his old
club, Danny, clearly not their priority, Cardiff City, they are
fighting relegation from the Championship, but they have got a
big and squad to go on a cup run, haven't they? As shown with the
starting line-up, a really strong bench, a really strong first XI, and
this could breed confidence in the league, if you can get on a good cup
run, bring some excitement back to the city. The players love playing
in the FA Cup, it is a special occasion, and if you can get on a
run, you never know what could happen. We saw what happened in
2008. We saw Swansea City go out to Hull yesterday, Newport are out,
Cardiff are flying the flag for Wales. Yes, looking for a good
performance, hoping for a good game. Difficult one to call, two
Championship rivals, Cardiff at home, are they favourites? They have
to take it to Fulham, being the home team. Both teams know each other
very well, the two managers are making changes, we're not sure how
the game is going to go, but I think it will be an entertaining game of
football, hopefully Cardiff can come out on top. The teams making their
way out onto the field for this FA Cup third-round tie, how do you see
it going? You have Fulham allegiances, of course! Absolutely,
if Cardiff were to win, it would be through physicality and probably the
set piece, Fulham through pace and the counterattack, which they are
very strong at. The teams are out, we are moments away from kick-off at
Cardiff City Stadium, so can Cardiff book their place in the fourth round
of the FA Cup? Your commentary team, former Wales striker Iwan Roberts
alongside Rob Phillips. Success in cup competition seems to
be reserved for the fields of France last summer, but after this
third-round tie Cardiff City make five changes. Jazz Richards and Emyr
Huws get all too rare starts. A debut for Greg Halford. The
substitutes include mark Harris, the teenager about to sign his first
professional contract. So it has been start for Wales
international Jazz Richards, who arrived from Fulham in the summer,
dogged by injury at the swapping clubs. -- after swapping clubs with
Scott Malone. Greg Halford signed from Rotherham this week,
international clearance granted, he has a big chance to impress. And
watch out for Ryan Sessegnon, when I was 16, I was doing homework and
Sundays! He is making an FA Cup debut, having already become the
youngest Championship score with his goal against Cardiff early in the
season. The referee knows all about Wembley. The referee the Johnstone's
Paint Trophy final last season. -- he refereed. Fulham make three
changes, Bettinelli stepping in for his first start this season, and
watch out for Cairney, who has scored against Cardiff previously.
There is Greg Halford, known by Neil Warnock after his spell at Rotherham
last season. A very versatile player.
And there is the Fulham manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, who has taken
them within six points of the play-offs. They are tense, Cardiff
City 19th. -- tenth. And we are about to start brunchtime FA Cup
action, Cardiff City against Fulham, Fulham bling from right to left in
white shirts and black shorts, Cardiff all in blue. -- playing.
Forward by Johansen, the Norwegian international. Looking for Kadeem
Harris. Dennis and oil looks like he will play in the right back role. --
Denis Odoi. The quest is to be drawn as number 21 in the draw, there is
an opportunity for both sides. Yes, Cardiff have only lost once in their
last seven at home. That was against Championship topping Brighton. We
are right to say this is not a priority for either team this season
and of course Cardiff trying to get further away from the relegation
zone, especially with two massive games coming up against relegation
rivals Bristol City and Burton Albion. A lovely ball in behind the
Cardiff defence, a really good tackle by Sol Bamba, who has made
quite an impression since joining the Bluebirds. Poor defending by Joe
Ralls, gets his body position wrong. It is a very well timed tackle in
the end by Sol Bamba, timed perfectly by the big fella. Ryan
Fredricson got in behind. A lot of big clubs watching young
Ryan Sessegnon, I don't think he really wanted to shoot there,
looking to cross the ball there. When you take the shot on, it is
always going to go high, right into the Cardiff City fans behind the
goal to our left. Pilkington is waiting in the middle,
but it is cleared away by Sigurdsson.
Picked up by Emyr Huws fouled by Cairney, free kick taken quickly by
Ralls, Pilkington stumbles initially. Bennett has intercepted
two. Piazon, the Brazilian. Crossfield ball from Johansen, away
by Halford, who has started in a defensive position. There was some
talk, Iwan Roberts, that he might sit in front of the back four, but
it looks like three centre backs. We weren't too sure, Bamba played in
that role against Aston Villa very successfully in their last game once
the mike here at the Cardiff City Stadium. Jazz Richards and Joe
Bennett can have the freedom to push up, enabling Kadeem Harris and
Anthony Pilkington to get much closer to Rickie Lambert.
Johannson seeing plenty of the ball in the opening minutes.
Great vision by Emyr Huws on that left-hand side, carried the ball
over the halfway line, no real support to his left, he has to
switch from left to right. Just a little bit too much on the pass
towards Kadeem Harris. A big future for Emyr, a chance to show what he
is about. No Chris Martin for Fulham today. The official line is that the
manager is not sure if he is injured, but he says he is. Well,
the manager says the medical staff couldn't find anything wrong with
the Fulham striker. He is on loan from Derby and is keen to move back
there. Defeat by Brighton last week was
their first in six games for Fulham. They pass the ball very well, don't
they? Very comfortable in possession, Fulham, they like to
build from the back through midfield. As they spoke about before
the game, they like counterattacking, they have pace in
Fredericks, Aluko, who called problems for Cardiff back in August
at Craven Cottage. -- who caused problems.
The little shimmy away was by Piazon, the Brazilian, on loan from
Chelsea. Jazz Richards knows a couple of these players from his
time at Fulham last season. Lambert, scampering forward, strong enough to
hold off Sigurdsson. Harris tries to go on the outside. Attended to by
Tim Ream, the American. Ralls was bundled over by Denis
Odoi. That is twice there, a great example of good holding play by
Rickie Lambert, strong physically, making sure that he gets that good
first touch in. He then laser to Joe Ralls, who moves the ball quickly
and is brought down. -- he then lays it off. It is a shame Peter
Whittingham isn't playing! I was just going to say, this is where you
want him. Pilkington would fancy it, he has scored from these sort of set
pieces before. It does look like under the
Pilkington. -- Anthony Pilkington. Halford is in the Fulham wall. And
he scores! And he looks ever so cool, Neil Warnock will be
delighted! I am not sure whether it took a deflection, but Anthony
Pilkington will not complain. He has given Cardiff City and early lead. I
think it takes a wicked deflection, and it is a poor wall by Fulham, you
can't turn your back, if you have to take it in your face, that is why
you are in the wall. No wonder that Anthony Pilkington didn't celebrate
too much. I think it is the Brazilian, Lucas Piazon, and once it
has taken that deflection, there is absolutely no chance for Marcus
Bettinelli to get back to his left hand side. So Anthony Pilkington's
sixth goal of the season, his first in the FA Cup since 2010. But it is
a perfect start on a Sunday morning for Cardiff City after Fulham, to be
fair, Iwan Roberts, had really taken the initiative early on. They had
started well in the opening four, five minutes, they looked
comfortable in possession, they had a couple of opportunities,
especially down the right-hand side, to attack. But that goal will lift
everybody here, you know, I have seen him score free kicks from that
distance on a few occasions when he was wearing the yellow shirt of
Norwich, so I knew we was capable. If Cardiff can win this game today,
it would be two consecutive wins for them this season, something they
have not done so far. But that is what you have got to do, when the
ball is played up to Rickie Lambert, he is playing that lone striker
role, and in mid flight, when it is going up to him, the other players
have got to get close to Rickie Lambert, as Anthony Pilkington did
there. They always say, Iwan Roberts, it
doesn't matter how it goes in. As long as it reaches the back of the
net. Well, as long as it passes the goalie! No chance for Bettinelli,
the deflection totally wrong-footed the Fulham goalkeeper. They are not
in the higher echelons of the Championship for nothing, Fulham
will want to respond. This is Aluko. Moving forward is Ream, the USA
international, Sessegnon attacks Richards. Cleared away by Morrison
Theo Ralls, Sessegnon's interception takes it back to Ream.
Fredericks takes on Bennett again, and he had the beating of the
Cardiff City left back. It has started lively, hasn't it? And Andy
-- and an easy decision, slow to react, Bennett, and once you go to
ground, no contact with the ball, if you bring the man down, simple
decision for the referee to make. Stefan Johansen or peers on. --
Piazon. That is your hands on, the birthday boy, 26 today. Is he going
to celebrate with a goal? Not on that occasion. Well it is one of
those for me, you have got to try and score on the back post, and if
you missed the post, hopefully one of your team-mates will be coming in
to get the final touch, but just a little bit too much on that cross by
Stefan Johansen. Levies a Jokanovic and a familiar figure, John Toshack,
he knows all about winning trophies, he has won silverware in six
different countries, including the FA Cup with Liverpool, of course. I
am sure he will be home for lunch! And he will be happy to see his
first club leading by Anthony Pilkington's eighth minute goal. He
did a question and answer session at the club on Friday, very
entertaining, as we know he can be, John Toshack, I have been in his
company many a time, had us in stitches.
At times, Fulham, they are not playing with the centre forward.
Aluko darting through now, lovely run by Sone Aluko, the former Hull
player, switching it across to Fredericks to take on Bennett again.
He will think about it after what happened, he gets it across, and it
is given home by Johansen, who does celebrate his birthday with the
equaliser! And it is all about Fredericks down that right-hand
side. That is the third time now that he has got himself one against
one against Joe Bennett, and he has got the beating of Bennett. It is a
great ball from Aluko, left to right, nice first touch, takes it
back down the line. He has got the beating of Bennett by pace, pulls
the ball back perfectly for Johansen, who smashes it past
Murphy, no chance whatsoever for him in the Cardiff goal. Johansen got
four and four in December, and he has started January pretty well.
Looking at that left hand side for Cardiff, Kadeem Harris started down
that left-hand side, he has got to get himself back defensively to help
Joe Bennett out, because one against one at the minute, Fredericks is
absolutely destroying Joe Bennett. Yes, the former Spurs trainee, Ryan
Fredericks. He is giving him a torrid opening 15 minutes.
Aluko, who started that move with a skiving stomach -- with a scything
run. He drops so deep, and when he does, you have got the likes of
Piazon to fill that role then. But it is clever play by the team from
London. He wanted the throw, but it has gone
to Fulham, Sessegnon will take it. Ralls goes to ground, referee allows
played to go on. Lambert into Harris. Tried a little backheel,
didn't he? Had no chance, really. You tried to do a Giroud, didn't
he?! -- he tried. The goal-scorer, Johansen, across to Ream, a very
fluid Fulham line up. Johansen once more, Sessegnon, Jazz
Richards, Albert steps in as well. Piazon is the most advanced Fulham
player at the moment, and Sean Morrison, also 27 today, like the
Fulham goal-scorer, Stefan Johansen, there's a neat defensive job. He did
well in the Cardiff's captain, Sean Morrison, did not quite get enough
power on the first header, and the pressure, but managing that in the
second header back to his goalkeeper. Piazon, initially
stopped by Bamba, but he could be through here. He almost dummied the
tackle. Great challenge, great upper body strength by Bamba, you would
expect him to win that contest, in all honesty. Fulham just starting to
dictate things here at the Cardiff City Stadium, great ball.
Kadeem Harris would not average that. But he should not be offside,
a lot of the Fulham back four, he has got the pace to go a split
second after the ball has been played over the Fulham back four.
This was the effort, it was difficult, wasn't it? He has
practised that scorpion kick! Not too many players would practice
that, in all honesty. You mean you didn't?! Are you surprised?! I am
sure the people of Norwich would be, as well as other places you were at!
But it is a decent game for a Sunday morning.
And it is clear, Iwan Roberts, both sides are up for this. Yeah, they
are both playing with a good tempo, Fulham have come here to attack,
passing the ball ever so well, forward-thinking players,
interchanging positions ever so well. Every time Cardiff get the
ball up to the likes of Pilkington and Lambert, they look like creating
chances. They certainly don't want a replay, do they? The last thing they
want. Lambert is onto that, Huws, a chance for him to run forward.
Great save. Bettinelli did well to punch that away. That was a fierce
shot by Ralls. A really well-struck shot by Joe Ralls. On that favoured
left foot of his. Opened his body up and it is a strong save. A good move
from Cardiff down the right-hand side.
Green has spent plenty of time forward down this left-hand side,
the American defender. I think he is allowed to. You look at Fulham's
right back, he is playing as a central defender really. He is
leaving Fredericks down that right-hand side all on his own.
Just patient. Very patient. Quite happy to keep the ball and try and
set Cardiff City out. The goalkeeper could have helped him
out a bit more. Johansen nowhere near as decisive as
he was for the goal. Didn't get hold of the shot. He has to rush to get
the shot in. This is Ralls at the other end and bet Nili at --
Bettinelli at full stretch. Ralls gets the ball out of his face,
enough power in there to cause a problem. But a decent save by
Bettinelli. Scored the winner against Aston Villa did Joe Ralls.
And a chance for Cardiff to put the ball into the Fulham penalty area.
Neil Warnock, reached the FA Cup semi-finals with Sheffield United.
There with Kevin Blackhall, one of his loyal lieutenants. He played for
goal for him in Scarborough I think in his first managerial job. He has
come a long way since then Neil Warnock. Bennett will look for a
blue shirt on the edge of the box. Piazon ensures he can make no
progress. That is where they have got to pass the ball sooner. He has
taken a second too long. He has drawn two Fulham players out. Take a
touch, pass to it Ralls and Ralls can cross that ball into the box.
The towel remains, Greg Halford has this in his locker - a long throw.
Bamba has gone across to meet him. Bennett was in the right place.
Piazon couldn't get hold of it. He will be disappointed, once again it
is Fredericks down that right-hand side. He is causing Bamba a problem
this time. Bennett just, the deflection off his foot, he tried to
stop the cross, goes straight to Piazon. But a disappointing shot in
the end by the Brazilian. Pilkington put Cardiff ahead on eight minutes.
And Johansen equalised on 14. They're just happy to be patient
when they have to be. This is good stuff from Fulham. They
pass the ball ever so well. They have matched Cardiff's formation.
They have gone three at the back. And Odoi is playing as a central
defender and you have got the pace down the left with Sessegnon. There
is the coach, Slavisa Jokanovic. I was surprised when he got the sack
from Watford in all honesty. I thought he done a great job at
Vicarage Road. An early start for those people from Fulham, down the
M4! Probably enjoying it at the moment,
because their side have the initiative back after falling
behind. Both these sides have been in FA Cup
finals. Fulham in 1975 as Aluko goes outside of Bamba. And Cardiff City
as we heard earlier, actually beat Fulham on way to the 1925 Cup Final,
that was a dry run for 27. And then returned in 2008. Defeat by
Portsmouth. Of course 2008 started at Chase Town. So from small
acorns... I would like to see Cardiff there,
Ricky Lambert he has got to put the keeper under pressure. Pilkington
and Harris are 25 yards away. It is so easy for the goalkeeper just to
roll the ball out to Sigurosson and -- Sigurdsson. Morrison has gone
into the Fulham half to track Aluko. They have given them a lot of time
on the ball at the moment. I suppose at this distance it is not too much
of a problem. But they break quickly as they are now. Johansen - good
challenge by Bamba again. Harris should be quick enough. The decision
goes against Odoi. The Belgian. Gets there a second too late, doesn't he.
Harris was quickest to react, just gets his foot to the ball. Great
tackle again. He has become such a leader in the short time he has been
at the club. The first signing of Neil Warnock. Just no-nonsense.
Doesn't mess about. I was at Ipswich that day they lost and the first
thing he did was apologise to everybody and rightly so. But as
soon as Neil had the opportunity to play him back into the side, exactly
what he did. Harris wants a free kick there against Odoi, but the
referee not having any of it. The earlier meeting of these sides
was in 1925 when Fulham lost 1-0 in the capital. Cardiff lost in the
final to Sheffield United that year. Morrison had to make the block.
Fulham corner. It is a joy to watch at the minute, the way Fulham are
passing and keeping possession and moving players and moving Cardiff's
defendsers. And the players are running into the gaps that are left.
It is a joy to watch. Cairney again directing operations.
They just don't waste a pass, do they? You can see the influence of
their manager. Always on the move. Whoever's on the ball, he has plenty
of options. He hasn't got just one or two, he has five or six different
players wanting the ball. You can see why they have moved to tenth in
the Championship. Neil Warnock said before the kickoff that a lot of
people who have seen Fulham this year think they're the best
footballing side in the Championship. You can see why with
this opening half hour at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Harris has to do better there. He loses the ball far too simply.
Former Bolton player, Ream, forward again.
Fredericks has caused all sorts of problems. Very quick. Goes for the
one-two and Murphy this to collect. But Fredericks from Bristol City in
August 2015. That was better by Bennett. He forces Fredericks to go
inside. Fredericks has to go inside. He is not Ayalewed to go down the
line as he has been on more than one occasion in this first half. --
allowed to go. And he can't get on the ball that is played into him.
That is better by Bennett. Aluko tries his luck and Murphy
collects. It is another opportunity to Fulham to get a shot on Cardiff's
goal and it all comes from a poor pass half way into the Cardiff half
by Pilkington. At the minute, Cardiff not keeping possession at
all. Giving it away far too cheaply and making life very difficult for
themselves. Again strong by Lambert. But Fulham Smaugle the ball
--smuggle the ball up to Cairney. Bennett still going and he has hit
the bar and it is turned in and there is no offside flag. It was
Cairney got the initial touch and Ryan Sessegnon scores against
Cardiff City again. I have to say it has been coming. First one came down
that right-hand side with very good wing play by Fredericks and the
second's come in the same way. Again he beats Bennett for pace. There is
a massive gap for the ball to be played into. He moves the ball
quickly. Pulls it back to Cairney. He is unlucky not to score. Is
Sessegnon offside? That is the big question. It is very close. It is
very close. First thing he does - he looks to the linesman. Has he raised
his flag. Maybe level Jazz Richards. Well, he won't worry, that is his
third goal and his second against Cardiff this season. I'm sure that
is something for Kit and Danny to look at at half-time. He won't be
happy. I'm thinking, is he thinking even at this early stage or at
halftime, getting Peltier on to that left-hand side, see how he copes
with Fredericks. Because at the minute, Joe Bennett is at sixes and
sevens. Halford with the throw. As Cardiff look to respond. That should
be easy for Bettinelli. Really, not untypical of Cardiff, their biggest
danger appears to be through set pieces. They scored from one via a
deflection from Pilkington. But Johansen and Sessegnon, his FA Cup
debut. He has turned this game on its head. What a talent for 16, Ewan
Roberts. Unreal. I saw him in August and he impressed me then. I couldn't
believe my ears when I was told he was only 16. I think he had only
turned 16 then. A massive talent for Fulham and no wonder some of the big
boys in the Premier League are tracking this man. That goal made
him the first player to be born in the 2000s to score a league goal. He
is an intelligent player and can see the gap when it opens and he then
decides to go. That isn't always the first thing that happens, especially
when you're as young as Sessegnon is. He already knows who he likes
playing most! No hurry for Fulham. The problems
are all with Neil Warnock. Bamba is in the right place once
more. Bamba did well not to buy the dummy himself there.
Good cross looking for Pilkington and it is headed behind. A vital
header from that cross. A teasing cross into the box. Maybe not quite
enough height on it to find Pilkington. The big boys coming up
from the back. Bettinelli just gets a touch and I
think they will leave it for Halford to take a long throw. Not a bad ball
from Harris. That is where you miss Whittingham - taking corners.
Halford will try again. Good distance. Easily read though.
He is always running backwards and then it is so difficult when you're
running backwards as quick as he is. He is back-tracking, to get the
power that is needed in the head tore head it back -- header to head
it back across the box. No fault on Halford. He had to put the ball in
as early as he did. He wasn't going to get time to have a touch and then
cross it. He was going to be put under pressure.
It shows you have Cardiff now stopping Bettinelli from passing
from that goal kick and then it is a poor kick to the right and Cardiff
win a throw. And Bennett can cross. Lambert pulls away to the far post.
Good work by Sessegnon. Just did enough and made sure he could feel
Lambert, who was always going to win the ball in the air. Ewan Roberts,
is he offside? It is really cross. I would say he is probably just level.
Maybe his foot's offside. But I think you have got to give the
benefit of the doubt to the attacking player there.
You have got to, haven't you? You know. I'm not sure Kevin Ratcliffe
would have said that, but there we go. I'm not sure Neil Warnock will
say that either. In rather more colourful terms he will make his
opinion known perhaps. It was a tight one you have to say. And Ryan
Sessegnon won't worry too much. It is such a hard one to spot, as the
ball leaves Cairney's foot that hits the bar. To then spot Sessegnon - is
he or isn't he. On the basis of play, you can't deny Fulham are
worthy of the lead and they have been the better side. They have been
very impressive. They pass and move and they have
very few poor passes. Ralls did well, he has no support. He is
trying to get a bit of space to play the ball forward, but there is no
one there. And he feels that touch by Sessegnon and goes down. Good
play. Richards has had very little
opportunity. He is looking. There is one pass he can put in down the
right hand channel. But there is no there to play it in. You have four
Cardiff players on the other side of pitch and no one made the effort to
break their necks and make that run down the right-hand side for an
option for Jazz Richards. He was fortunate with that one
Bennett. I thought he had lost control. McDonald's arguing his case
here. He doesn't think there was a touch. He doesn't think it was a
free kick. Johansen is having his say, he is being called over by the
referee, who has not had a lot to adjudicate on. The one decision was
his assistant's and might prove vital. Bamba wins it and it may
break for Harris. But Fulham smuggle it away and the break is on.
Fredericks runs over the ball and Huws steps in. That is when Fulham
are at their most dangerous. One minute or one second they're
defending a set piece and then they break so quickly and you're got the
likes of Fredericks, Piazon, Sessegnon down the left-hand side,
absolutely sprinting up there. And they're playing at their pace,
Fulham. There is an offside flag! This time
against Aluko. I would have been interesting in the linesman on the
far side, if he had been this side for that Sessegnon goal. He has got
to look all across the pitch to try and spot that. There is bodies in
front of him. Had he been this side, it might have been a different
decision he made. Fulham good value for this lead as they approach
half-time. You can hear some of the frustration
from the Cardiff fans. A couple of shouts - tackle him, get into him.
It has been far too easy for Fulham. A mix up, but Murphy will clear.
Sigurdsson slides in. One minute of added time.
Huws fell awkwardly there. Huws, just his second start and of course
made his Manchester City appearance against Blackburn in the FA Cup as a
youngster. A frustrating time for him. I thought he was a great
signing for the club when he did in the summer and he had a successful
loan at Huddersfield, one of my former clubs, scored a few goals
from midfield. For one reason or another it hasn't worked out for
him. He was brought in by Paul Trollope. He has had few chances to
impress Neil Warnock. That should just be about it. The problems are
all with Neil Warnock rather than with Slavisa Jokanovic in the
foreground of this shot. His side have been hugely impressive. And he
will know his team have plenty to do in the second half. And that is the
half-time whistle. It started well for Cardiff when Pilkington Gay them
the lead with a de-- gave them the lead with a deflected shot. But then
Johansen celebrated his birthday with the equaliser and the sensation
who is Ryan Sessegnon was on hand to turn home the ball. Debate about
offside. We will look at that now I'm sure. But let's head for a
Fulham point of view from Stuart Gray. You went behind early doors,
but reorganised and got the goals. Yes disappointed to go 1-0 down. But
perfect reaction. We dominated the ball. But with any team that Neil
Warnock's got there will be a reaction. But we have to continue
playing the way we are playing. I some Cardiff players calling for an
offside on the second goal. Maybe the score reflecting the game? I
think we dominated the ball and got into some good areas and needed to
be more clinical. We are disappointed to concede, but we are
pleased to be ahead. The most important thing is the next 45
minutes. I thank you. Not a bad cup tie so far. A great
start for Cardiff with Pilkington opening the scoring thanks to a
deflebs. The lead didn't last long. Johansen with the equaliser for
Fulham. More pressure from Fulham, Fredericks a real threat and he set
up the second. Cairney off the ball and Sessegnon tapping in, although,
was he offside? Danny and Kit to back to adjudicate. All you can ask
for is goals. We have had goals, excitement and it has been a great
cup tie so far. And Fulham by far the happiest team at half-time? Yes
a good start for Cardiff. Got the early goal. Since then it has been
all Fulham. They have been on the front foot and got back into the
game and they have been murdering Cardiff with their passing and
movement. Fredericks has caused all kind of trouble for Bennett and
deserved the lead. One touch football, it has been fantastic. Yes
they have been passing, it has almost been like a training session.
Cardiff have made it too easy. They're neither pressing or dropping
off. There have been three pressing at the back, but the midfield
dropping off and they're playing ing through them.
It was a good start for Cardiff, I don't see you will see a bigger
deflection, the goalkeeper had no chance. This is the foul first of
all. Yes, a definite foul, and that is what you get if you go over the
wall, you always get that chance of hitting a body, wrong footing the
keeper, and that is exactly what happens, fantastic start for Cardiff
City. Good free kick, but the deflection helped. It was, and
Piazon turning his back, you want them to be braver than that. It gave
Bettinelli no chance in goal. It came from direct play into Rickie
Lambert, which we said would be essential, and they had a little bit
of joy from that, a few bodies around him, probably their best way
of getting back into the game. We talked about the pressure that
Fulham exerted on the right-hand side, talk us through the equaliser,
lovely football, on the left on this occasion. Yes, then they switch it
out, as soon as Ryan Fredericks has got grass in front of him, he is so
fast. He should be picked up, really. He runs off Joe Ralls, and
he has acres of space, you can't allow that. You have got players
behind the ball, a false sense of security. Far too much time and
space and a good finish. Sol Bamba trying to do everything at the back,
somebody else should have leptin to block that shot. When the ball is
cut back, it is the defensive midfielder's job to be blocking that
and clearing the ball. Joe Ralls switches off, Cardiff pay the price.
They talked about Ryan Fredericks in the commentary box, causing so many
problems down the right-hand side. This is right at the start of the
game, one of the quickest players I have ever worked with Ryan
Fredericks, a electric pass. If he is given grass in front of him, he
will exploit that. He knows he has the beating of Bennett, and this is
obviously the goal that we have just seen already. But time and again,
tried and tested, Bamba, he knows he has got the legs on him and can get
the crossing. Probably should have done better. No surprise that their
second came from that route, again, Fredericks. Almost a carbon copy of
the first goal, we get to see it now. Cairney is able to drift into
the box, but you have got to track your runners. Ralls should have
tracked Johansen. Cairney gets in front of Greg Halford. Tom Cairney,
we picked him out at the start of the game, and lucky not to score
himself, Sessegnon gets the cabin. Fulham League 2-1 at half-time,
let's get the view of the Wales assistant coach. -- Fulham lead.
A gentleman who has had some great experiences here, they have got it
all to do, Fulham playing so nicely, there is to lose now? They have had
a great first half, the way they have passed it around, rotation very
good in the middle of the park, and Cardiff have found it difficult at
times, the communication is key, who is stepping out from the back, I am
sure Neil will be tried to organise that at half-time. I am sure you
have got your eye on the Cardiff City players, Emyr Huws, Jazz
Richards, big game against Ireland in March. It has been frustrating
for both, because they have not been playing, so an opportunity for Neil
Warnock to see them in a match situation, good that they are
getting some playing time, hopefully that will continue and they can
cement a place in the starting line-up. I have got to ask you, we
have seen players of Gareth Bale back training, have you heard from
him? Yes, things are progressing nicely, but time will tell, it is
important to take it one day at a time, really, in terms of his
recovery. Everything crossed that he will be ready. Osian Roberts, thank
you, enjoy the second-half, diolch. I think he's big Sporar nation,
saying that he hopes Gareth Bale will be back. Let's talk about Neil
Warnock, what will you be St Louis players? -- what will he be saying
to his players? The only way I can see them getting back in is the
route crosses and set pieces, you have got to try to utilise his
talents more. -- is through crosses and set pieces. Kit, as a coach,
what do you do? How do you change it? As Danny says, they have to do
one or the other, either sit off and get everyone behind the ball or do a
high press. That is generally what Neil Warnock teams do, get right in
your face, but they haven't done it this first up. It is whether they
have got the legs to do it anyway, physically, that is another kettle
of fish, that is his problem at half-time! We will see what he does
in the second half. The only Welsh side left in the competition after
Hull beat Swansea City yesterday, not a great start for the new
manager, Paul Clement. Rob Phillips has all the details on this one.
Two new managers at the helm for the Premier League's bottom pair, and it
was Hull got the better of Paul Clement. The winning goals came late
with the Tigers breaking the deadlock, Shaun Maloney getting
behind a soft defence to set up the substitute, Abel Hernandez, for a
simple finish. Swansea pushed hard for an equaliser, but the game was
sealed in Hull's favourite in injury time, a sweeping crossfield ball,
Robert Snodgrass found academy product Josh Tymon, who scored his
first goal for the club. Celebrations for him, disappointment
for Clement. Do you feel a little hard done do with that result? For
long periods, we were in the game, it was an even game. There were
chances at both ends, not a massive amount, both teams with probably an
even spread of ball possession as well. We looked tired at the end,
the goals came in disappointing circumstances, it was a soft goal.
We defended well for long periods, so the nature of the goal was
disappointing. But a great start for Paul Clement.
We will talk about that in a few minutes, the job he has got on his
hands to keep Swansea in the league, but worth reminding you of a few
results yesterday, three Premier League teams knocked out by lower
league opposition. Millwall, a big win, beating Bournemouth 3-0. Stoke
lost at Wolves of the championship. And Tony Pulis's West Brom side lost
steel Derby. Aaron Ramsey scored as Arsenal came from behind to win at
Preston. Another Wales international, Tom Morris, who spent
time here, he scored twice to stop Ipswich going out of the competition
against non-league Lincoln. Let's talk about Swansea is it, then, that
defeat yesterday at Hull, I wonder whether that illustrates the job
that Paul Clement has got on his hands there in trying to save
Swansea. It is a massive job, without doubt, I am sure he is under
no illusions, going into this job. Yesterday, it is one of them, it
could prove to be a blessing, getting knocked out of the cup now.
I have had some great memories from the FA Cup, some brilliant cup runs,
and it is great to be part of, but when you are scrapping down at the
bottom, sometimes not the worst thing in the world to go out early
doors and focus on the league. Danny, one thing that a lot of
Swansea City are annoyed about, the fact that he has removed Alan
Curtis, this club legend, from the front line of the coaching team.
What you make of that decision to my well, I think everyone was
surprised, hearing the news. He is a club legend, as you said. There he
is. I thought it might have been good continuity wise to keep him
around the place, he knows the players well, and Paul Clement
goodbye into business lodge. That has not been the case, you have to
accept that, every manager has his own ideas. -- could buy into his
knowledge. He has that every right to bring people into his coaching
team? Yes, I think it is more the way it was done, told by text
message, and that is not the right weight -- way to do things. He is a
top guy, but Paul Clement has got the right to bring in who he wants.
Let's just tell you what else is coming up today on BBC Television.
Let's grab a quick word with our match summariser, Iwan Roberts, what
is your assessment of the first half, what would you be saying to
that Cardiff team if you were Neil Warnock? First and foremost, they
have got to get a lot closer to the Fulham players, they have had far
too much time and freedom to play the possession game that they have
in that first out. First and foremost, they have got to squeeze
up as a side and get in their faces, because it has been far too easy for
Fulham. Cardiff got off to a good start with that deflected goal from
Pilkington, and then on it has been one-sided, time after time, both
left and right, Fulham have caused problems. The only surprise is that
Cardiff are not further behind, one down. They are still got a chance,
good options on the bench for Neil Warnock, but they have got it all to
do. Would you make changes at this point? I'm just looking at Joe
Bennett, the left wingback, he has really struggled with the pace of
Fredericks in at first out. Peltier can play on that left-hand side.
Probably too early at the half, he will get better, another
opportunity. A big powerful centre forward, we have not seen enough of
Rickie Lambert, but he has not had the service that he would have
liked, and when the ball has got into him, apart from the opening ten
minutes, they have not had enough bodies close enough to help him out.
So a lot to be done for Cardiff in this second half. Thank you, Iwan,
that is the question, how do you get Rickie Lambert more involved in the
second half? They have got to get on the front foot, look at the two
wingbacks, Joe Bennett spent the first half defending, never got into
the final third. They need to get bodies up the pitch, as Iwan said,
press a little bit higher, get the ball into Lambert, bring players
into the game, get the ball wide come into the box, otherwise there's
no point being on the pitch. I might expect changes at half-time, Neil
Warnock is a no-nonsense manager. I would not be surprised to see maybe
a double substitution at half-time. Some pretty glum faces among the
Cardiff supporters, these Fulham fans will be happy, those who have
made the journey down this Sunday morning. What will be Fulham boss be
telling his team? More of the same, really, they were not really playing
with a centre forward as such. Pretty much a false nine, really.
But the movement and rotation was excellent. The two goals came from
good play my Cardiff not tracking their runners into the box is a
cardinal sin. 45 minutes to rescue a place in the fourth round of the FA
Cup, Danny, can they do it, Cardiff? Of course they can, only one goal in
it, they should be a couple more down, Neil Warnock can rally the
troops, get them all on the front foot, get some of their better
players into the game, set pieces always important. Well, he looks a
pretty happy man as he comes out for the second half, a bit of a poker
face maybe, the Fulham boss taking his place for the second 45 minutes.
Let's rejoin our commentary team, can they get back into this one?
Iwan Roberts and Rob Phillips for the second half.
I can think of one or two Welshman who would be happy with this score
at half-time, notably Gordon Davies, the record goal-scorer for Fulham.
Ivor, as many people in Welsh football know him. Cardiff will be
happy with one goal to take this to a replay. There is Anthony
Pilkington, before that Ryan Fredericks, who caused all sorts of
problems. I do not think there are any changes at half-time, Iwan
Roberts. You heard what the lads thought, will there be any paint
left on the wall in the dressing room? I don't think Neil Warnock has
mellowed in his old age, he won't mince his words! The players will
know that the first half was not acceptable. It is not the standard
that they set against Aston Villa in the last home game. They have not
played with the same emergency, tempo, everything that you would
expect from a Cardiff City side. So Cardiff City have 45 minutes to
ensure that there is a Welsh presence in tomorrow night's
fourth-round draw. Murphy has not had too much to do,
but when they have struck, they have struck decisively. Just looking at
Halford's position, he looks as if he is a little bit further forward
than in the first half, P3 with Bamba and Morrison, looking like he
is responsible for that role in midfield, which would then enable
the likes of Ralls and Huws to push further up.
Kenneth Zohore is an option on the bench for Cardiff City, he has made
a real impact in the last few games. But time yet. Was it wills when he
came and changed the game? -- Wolves. He calls Aston Villa all
sorts of James Chester and Nathan Baker, their centre halves. Fulham,
as Kit was saying, I am sure Slavisa Jokanovic has just said, keep it
going. Just passed the ball, keep it simple. Frankly, they don't look
like a side who would panic. They look a very good side, don't they?
Very impressed with them in that first out. -- first half. The curse
of the commentator there! Richards, who was wearing a Fulham showed last
season. That is a chase for Emyr Huws. Just as keen to much of Emyr
Huws, he is not well-known for his pace. The spaces there for the ball
to be played in two down Cardiff's right-hand side, but you won't
Harris out there. Cairney has seen the run of
McDonald. Bennett has Morrison for company.
Greg Halford apologising to his team-mates, once again losing
possession far too easily. I suppose this isn't a bad game for him to
make his debut. I am not sure how many games he has played this
season, in all honesty. Neil Warnock says he fills a number of positions,
he is versatile. I have seen him play right back, in the heart of the
fence. -- in the heart of defence. And like today, playing right
midfield. The backpass by Ragnar Sigurdsson,
who was famous in the summer, because he scored one of the goals
for Iceland that knocked out England.
Three cheers this side of the border as well!
He has been largely untroubled today, signed from Krasnodar in the
summer. All too easy for Fulham at the minute. Sessegnon takes on
Richards. Richards managed to do the defensive job. Piece took to his
task, Jazz Richards. -- he's stuck. Richards was up to the task. Corner
taken quickly, they have left your hands and in space, the ball is
cleared by Emyr Huws. -- they left Johansen in space. They try to send
Kadeem Harris away, but he has the equally pacey Fredericks for
company, and Frederic scams away with it. Good scrap between the two
of them. -- and Fredericks comes away with it.
Johansen has got so much time to get Cairney out. Johansen, who got
Fulham back into this game after Pilkington put Cardiff area with a
deflected free kick. Brian Sessegnon, the teenager, made it
2-1. -- Ryan Sessegnon. It is easy street for Fulham at the
moment. They don't look in any sorts of problems. Sure Neil Warnock was
hoping for a busy start to the first half, the second half, after the
interval. You would expect a quick start from the home side, wouldn't
you? To put the Fulham players and a bit more pressure, get closer to
them, get a tackle in. Sometimes it is a tackle. It gets everybody
going, get the fans off their seats. They almost look as if they could be
undone again at any time. Piazon tries to break through,
Cardiff City cannot get out of their own half. It is wave after wave of
Fulham attack, and the game is being played in the Cardiff City half.
Well, they are not rushing to take the throw-in, Fulham. They look so
comfortable with the ball, Rob, they see an easy pass, they don't try to
complicate things, and all of a sudden, when they get into the final
third, that is when the passes start becoming quicker, the movement is
better. Cardiff just can't get hold of it at the minute!
Ralls over the head of Lambert. He has got to think about that one, he
has got Rickie Lambert, let's be honest, he has never been renowned
for his pace. There is only one place he wants the ball, behind
Sigurdsson, but he wants the ball, does Rickie Lambert.
Bennett with the block, Harris gives the ball away, winds and back
momentarily, McDonald. -- wins it back.
It is men versus boys at the minute, Cardiff getting a lesson from Fulham
on how to keep the ball. Really sloppy by the men in blue. Neil
Warnock has to be thinking of making a change before this game goes away
from them. Ten minutes into the second half, a couple of Cardiff
City Stadium dudes warming up. -- a couple of Cardiff City substitutes
warming up. There is Kenneth Zohore, waiting for
the call. Lovely ball by Cairney, Murphy is equal to it. Only his
third start, suddenly rocketed from third choice goalkeeper, signed in
the summer, to Neil Warnock's first choice. It was a good decision to
come out, early shout to his defenders, good one from Sessegnon,
across the 18-yard line. A good ball in by Stefan Johansen, but as I say,
good early decision, good starting position. Coaching conference going
on on the side, surely considering a change. They have to be, Rob,
because this is not good enough from Cardiff City. They can't get over
the halfway line at the minute. They do now, with this long kick from
Murphy. Clearance by Murphy. But every second ball, you know, it is a
white shirt that is picking it up. Piazon is in behind the Richards,
Sessegnon makes the run forward. He was tempted to have a tackle there
but thought better of it! Still not cleared by Cardiff.
A third goal now would really so it up for Fulham, surely. Oh, Piazon
from Cairney! Somehow scrambled away by Cardiff. Piazon once a free kick,
a penalty, but they were opened up there, Cardiff City. Cairney,
Piazon, great play. It wasn't a free kick, but once again it is
magnificent play by the visitors. It is a footballing lesson for Cardiff
City. Well, Neil Warnock wasn't kidding
when he said that in some ways this is the best team in the
Championship, best footballing team. The league table never lies. Looking
for Lambert, just over the top of the big striker. Just offside as
well. Good effort by Ralls, he is capable of picking players out.
Let's have a look. He is leaning into it! He still had plenty to do.
I think it was Kit that picked out Cairney before the game, wasn't it?
He scored a beauty for Blackburn against Cardiff when they return to
the Championship a few years ago, a Friday night game, 1-1, I remember
it well. Partly because of the six-hour trip on the M62, which was
like a car park, nothing new there! --
And Cardiff do something pretty rapidly, they have still got half an
hour, Kenneth Zohore is warming up. Just look at Fulham's back four,
back five, they are playing quite a high line.
Johansen took a knock to the mouth as Huws at least forced Bettinelli
into some action. Better from Cardiff. A well-timed the run down
the left-hand side by Lambert. The ball finds itself at the foot of
Huws. He doesn't really get ahold of the shot. A comfortable save. The
first he has really had to make since that shot he saved from Ralls
in the first half for Marcus Bettinelli. Stephan Johansen gets
some treatment. Time for refuelling as well. And they may have had an
early start, but they're enjoying their trip to the capital so far.
Those full happen support - Fulham supporters are in good heart and
good voice. They have plenty to sing about. Their side are running this
game and they lead 2-1. A bloody lip. The spoils of war. Do you think
he will be able to blow out his birthday candles with that? 26
today, Stephan Johansen. Slavisa Jokanovic has won the Yugoslav cup.
He won it twice when it became Serbia as well. He took Watford to
promotion from the Championship. So he has a track record. Did he lose
his job straight after winning promotion? Yes he did.
Florence Kiki Sanchez Flores was brought in. He lost his job as well.
And he didn't do a bad job either. It looks like there could be a
change in the offing for Cardiff. It is perhaps the most unexpected in
that Mark Harris is warming up on the side. He has just had a word
with Neil Warnock. The heavy squad are all involved now on the side. As
Fulham continue as they have almost from the first minute - dominating
possession. They fell behind to Pilkington's deflected free kick.
But they didn't panic. They just played their football and now lead
two one thanks to goals from Johansen and Sessegnon.
Cairney is involved in most of Fulham's good play and there has
been plenty of that. So, who will it be? It looks like Mark Harris is
coming on now. And Stewart O'Keefe. Mark Harris has been propelled to
first team squad training almost as soon as Neil Warnock got here.
Clearance by Murphy drifts out. Will this be the chance? No, they're
still getting their laces sorted. He has shown a lot of faith in the
young man. Zohore is on the bench. My first opportunity to see Mark
Harris. It will be interesting to see if he plays alongside Lambert.
That would mean a change of shape for Cardiff. That would give O'Keefe
a bit more bite and energy and give the likes of Johansen and Cairney a
bit more of a problem. He will get closer to them. They need to do
something. Bamba is in on Aluko. I think he is unlikely there Bam
banana he -- Bamba. He can count himself unlucky he gave away
At the moment, Cardiff look in no rush to make the substitution. They
sometimes do with iPads onside. Now they have got a little graphic which
the coaches are looking at. It is just that last bit of information to
give the players before they go on. Set pieces and their jobs and roles
in both penalty boxes. Halford scooped it across for a throw in.
There is Mark Harris, getting final instructions. He has had enough of
that! He would rather sit down and have a drink!
Ralls drives at the Fulham defence. Tried to play in Harris. Nearly and
it stems from a good tackle by Halford.
Harris looked appealingly at the referee, but he kept his whistle in
his hand. It just takes an awkward bounce as it reaches Khadim Harris.
Johansen! Always drifting wide. Always hitting across the ball. Lets
the ball run across his body. Halford has held Fredericks up and
forced him to pass inside. Johansen looking for his second goal, lets
the ball run across his bod y and goes well wide of the right-hand
post. Now it is Stewart O'Keefe who is being told what they expect of
him. Fulham are warming up their substitutes as well. But this will
surely be looking ahead to next week and Championship action, rather than
any concern about the way things are going. That is Bristol City a team
just above Cardiff in the Championship. But on their showing
they're going to be a force in the Championship aren't they? Fulham?
Yes, I have been very impressed with them. Halford trying to inject some
venom into the Cardiff performance. I think this will be a Halford long
throw. Or maybe it won't be. It won't be, because Halford's debut
ends. And he will be replaced by the debutant, young Mark Harris. He has
been offered a professional contract and what a moment for the youngster.
Who was part of that Wales side who beat England at under age level and
Stewart O'Keefe replaces Ricky Lambert. So it looks like Pilkington
up front do you think? Yes. And Harris maybe just in behind him. But
he has 22 minutes to show what he is about. To show the Cardiff
supporters that have turned up today what a good play hear the he is, he
has an eye for goal and it is the first time I have had a glimpse to
watch Mark Harris. He has been given plenty of time here by Neil Warnock.
Bettinelli's clearances haven't always hit the right target. Harris
from Harris. This could get confusing, two Harrises on the pitch
now. No ultimate target man now is there.
That is the high the service up to Harris and Pilkington has got to
improve drastically. Mark Harris was almost in then. Not
sure what it is about Kadeem Harris. Is he an impact sub. I have seen him
come on and been a positive player from the bench. But he doesn't seem
to do that as effectively, he isn't as effective when he starts the
game. He has taken a long time to find his feet at Cardiff City.
Fulham have definitely found their feet in the capital this morning.
Harris tried to go through Odoi. Not sure what Odoi could have done. He
can't get out of the way. He has been beaten by a good bit of skill a
little nutmeg by Harris, who runs straight into him. But nine times
out of ten, the referee always gives that the forward's way. The big men
are up from the back. Bamba, Morrison.
Now here Fulham are dangerous. But Johansen overhits the pass. Awkward
by Richards. But he just about got there. Why doesn't Bennett just go
to his keeper, instead of putting Jazz Richards under pressure. You
have put him under so much pressure with Aluko closing him down quickly.
Murphy just was fortunate that it was Bamba who picked up the Parry.
Bamba takes control again. Richards has to get closer to Piazon. Once
Piazon reaches the box, you have a problem, Richards can't sell
himself, can't dive in. You have got to close him earlier.
Oh Murphy has played himself into trouble. This could sort it for
Fulham. And it was saved, the day was saved and Murphy's blushes were
saved by Sean Morrison. You're in your own box, just put it into row
Z. Don't try and do what you do. Just sums up Cardiff's sloppy
performance. Piazon straight at Murphy. It is
another quickly taken corner and they find Piazon. A nice ball by
Macdonald. Three Cardiff players surrounding him, but manages to get
a shot on Murphy's goal. Comfortably dealt with. It is just such an
un-Neil Warnock-like performance. Sessegnon gets the job done again. I
heard the display against Aston Villa described as great intensity
about the performance. We haven't seen any of that today sadly. Fulham
have brought a real intensity to their play though.
If we are honest, some lads have been given an opportunity and
haven't taken those opportunities. Good tackle from McDonald.
McDonald's come off worst from that. He has stayed down. He is up now is
McDonald. Good challenge by Bamba again. Aluko looks aghast that it is
not a free kick. That is an unbelievable challenge. I thought
Aluko got past him, but he stretches that right leg and hooks his foot
around the ball. It is a magnificent tackle. I think it would have been
harsh had the referee decided to give a free kick. Aluko still not
happy. He is having a word with the assistant referee on this right-hand
side. And Kevin McDonald is still down injured. This is a worry for
Fulham. I think he hurt his shin putting in that tackle on Harris.
Timed to perfection by McDonald. That is what your holding player
does in front of back four. He did it to perfection there did the
Scotsman. That man, Slavisa Jokanovic, will be a very happy man.
And he does not look as if he is enjoying a Sunday stroll. He won't
have enjoyed this performance whatsoever. You can see the passion
in the eyes. I think he would like to get on there himself and get
close to a Fulham player and put a tackle in! That is all he asks -
passion and a bit of desire. Kevin McDonald is back on - good news for
Fulham, who are within 14 minutes or so of a place in Round 4.
That is offside. Not much in that, but he went early, Huws. I mentioned
the way Fulham are defending very high up the pitch towards the
halfway line and there is plenty of space to drop the ball in behind
them. Just got to time your runs better.
I should mention today that both Cardiff and Fulham fans are mourning
the loss of Paul Went in the week, a central defender who played for both
clubs. 72 to 73 at Fulham. And also at Cardiff as well. He also managed
Leyt Orient. -- Leighton Orient. Harris had the pace to beat
Johansen. Which he did. But a poor cross. The break is on now.
Piazon shoots and over the bar. Such clever play. One-touch football.
They have numbers up. They have four or five up in the attack. Just
little five-yard passes. Just looking for that bit of space they
need. It falls to Piazon eventually. Richards just did enough and got
himself in front of him. Forced him to take the shot sooner than he
would like. Last three of the dice for Cardiff. Noone replacing Kadeem
Harris. He has had an impact as a substitute, Craig Noone. Neil
Warnock must think Kenneth Zohore needs to be wrapped up for the
Championship battles ahead. Maybe Noone can exploit that space that
the Fulham back three are leaving behind. One thing he has got is pace
to burn. He has not found his form since that Premier League season I
don't think. He lost his way. He has had a few injuries. And not had the
influence that he would have wanted. Noorn Noone might have been offside
there. I think he was. It looks like a Fulham change is in the offing.
That is Denis Adeniran waiting to come on. All they have to do is see
it out now. The last ten minutes or so. A change will be made now and
the man who started Fulham on their way, Stephan Johansen with his sixth
goal, his first in the FA Cup, the Norwegian, former Celtic player. He
has shown he has got the scars of war, but he will be more than happy
with that. He won't be down in the mouth with Fulham winning. This is
his goal. They were trailing 1-0. Like for like. One defensive
midfielder in Johansen for another one, Denis Adeniran, a young
18-year-old. An FA Cup debut for him. Johansen can be delighted with
the way he has played. Ralls was just on his right foot. It
Wurz there to be hit. -- it was there to be hit. Sadly it wasn't on
his favoured left foot. Clearance by Murphy.
Fulham are within sight. Wrong pass down the left-hand side. Bennett's
in acres of space. O'Keefe got injured there. Aluko.
Pushed away by Murphy. O'Keefe is still down in the area. Looks in
some problems. Now he is up. The last thing Cardiff need is an
injury. To add to their woes. Fulham will just run the clock now.
They could have done with that third goal. It is another decent save for
Murphy. But they will just keep possession. They won't go chasing a
third. If anything they should have been increased the lead in the
second half. They have had the chances. Murphy has been far busier
and in fact I can't think really of too many times even in the whole
game Bettinelli has been called into action. But he might be now. Noone
into the area. But Sigurdsson was there at the right time. Great
defending. If he had in earlier he may have spotted Pilkington by the
penalty spot. Bennett into the box. No penalty.
The referee right there. Now the break is on.
Odoi and Richards ensures it doesn't go near the net and out for another
Fulham corner. Let's look at this. Beats two men. The arm comes out.
But not too much in it I don't think. The game now in the last five
or six minutes, it will get stretched. I think that will favour
the away side with the pace they have got in their side. Especially
on the counterattack. Another change for Fulham. And it is Sone Aluko who
will be replaced by Steven Humphrys. A debut for him. FA Cup bow. He has
had a couple of substitute appearances has Humphrys. Another
teenager enters the fray. He is more of a natural forward. One of the
Fulham youngsters that has broken through into the first team.
A good turn by Noone. Chips it across looking for Pilkington. Just
the wrong side of the Irishman. That is a free kick. Maybe at last
Cardiff come to life in this second half. Clumsy by the sub Adeniran.
Barged into the back of Bennett. The big boys come up from the back -
Morrison and Bam Bamba. A free kick against Cairney. A long
way out you have to say. I just thought when Noone beat his first
man, I thought I have seen him do it so many time, get the ball on his
left foot and shoot for goal. He hasn't scored since Wolves last
January. And it will be Bennett with the free kick.
Down the side to Noone and a good block by Fredericks. A throw now.
Bamba urges his players on. It has been the first time in the second
half there is a bit of pressure by Cardiff. They're not short of long
throwers, even with Halford off. Is there a twist in the tale? Breaks
for Bennett. Can't get the shot away and O'Keefe lofts it high, wide and
not too handsome. Not an easy chance for O'Keefe. It is an awkward
height. He is falling backwards. A bit of pressure being put on Fulham
in the dying minutes of this game. When Morrison takes a long throw,
there is one less target to hit in the middle, isn't there? Bettinelli
said I'm not playing this short. This is going long. Another free
kick. This time against Humphrys. Did well to bundle over Bamba.
It is on to a Fulham head again. And that is disappointing and rather
sums up the lunchtime for Cardiff. It needs a bit more of an angled
cross put in. Mark Harris has not had a touch
since coming on. He has found it difficult to get into this game.
Bettinelli extended. Having to come out of his own penalty area, but he
has largely been a spectator - had no chance with the goal, the
deflected free kick by Pilkington on eight minutes. There are five
minutes of added time to come. Will we see another goal, Iwan Roberts? I
think if there is going to be another goal, I can only see the
visitors getting it, in all honesty, with Cardiff, yeah, they had a
period two or three minutes ago, a few balls being played into the
Fulham box, but no real quality, in all honesty. The more that Cardiff
have to push forward, maybe that will leave them suspect on the
counterattack. It is another free kick. Outstanding
performances, he has been in the middle of everything, Piazon has
caused problems, Sessegnon down the left-hand side has been very good. I
have to give it to Ryan Fredericks, the right wingback for Fulham, great
energy down this right-hand side, created both Fulham goals, has not
just been a superb creator but outstanding defensively for his team
as well. So for me, Ryan Fredericks. Ryan Sessegnon, the other
goal-scorer, the teenager, scored his first FA Cup goal, he makes way
for a familiar figure Scott Malone, part of the deal which took Jazz
Richards to Cardiff. He went to Fulham, so a return for him. The
dying minutes. That is the man of the match, Ryan
Fredericks, ace sprinter, ace footballer on this performance. Did
Simon say he thought he -- he thought he was the quickest
player he had coached? You don't want to get in a foot race with him!
Is energy levels have been incredible this afternoon. -- his.
Good ball played in first time, does not get past Sigurdsson. I am sure
Neil Warnock is thinking, why didn't they play like this half an hour
ago? Instead they played like that, giving the ball away in a good
position, momentum is lost, and there hasn't been much of that this
afternoon by Cardiff City, and he looks a very frustrated man. He
doesn't look happy at all. They should have had three points at
Griffin Park, then a really good win against Aston Villa last Monday
afternoon. Jokanovic knows he is inside of a fourth-round tie,
provided he can hold out. -- in sight. Ralls, looks for an angle to
carve the ball forward. Then it has to go back to Morrison under
pressure from Humphrys, now Murphy, Bamba was offside. Just over a
minute for Fulham to see this game out, it would be a hugely satisfying
victory for them. Morrison, that has to go one way, he
has lost it. Malone to McDonald. Fulham are going exactly where they
need to be, in front of their own fans. Scott Malone holds it up. The
two players who swapped clubs in the summer come to grips with each
other. Just keep it in that corner, Fulham, take an age to take this
throw in, run the clock down, get back on the team bus, back to London
and the fourth round. All now looks lost for Cardiff City,
and Fulham will be ball 21 in tomorrow night's draw live on BBC
Television. Bettinelli looks for the man of the
match, Fredericks, blocked by Bennett.
I think that could be far it as far as the referee has concerned, he
hasn't been too busy. He has not had any yellow cards today. He looks to
the side, and there is the final whistle, and the travelling Fulham
fans celebrate. Sleazy can pitch shakes hands with the Cardiff
manager, Neil Warnock. -- Slammys Jokanovic. What a great day out it
has been for them in Wales on Sunday morning. It started well for Cardiff
when Anthony Pilkington put them ahead, but Stefan Johansen and then
this youngster, Ryan Sessegnon, delivered his first FA Cup goal, his
second against Cardiff this season, and Fulham will be in the round four
draw tomorrow. Cardiff City 1, Fulham 2, let's head to the man of
the match, Ryan Fredericks. A dominant performance in that second
half to book your place in the fourth round. We came here is a full
strength team, we came to dominate, and that is what we have done. Neil
Warnock said before the match that you were a great footballing side,
you seems to really enjoy yourself and kept the ball well. We play good
football, we work on our training, and that is what you want to do, we
are at our best when we have got the ball, that is what we have done
today. Congratulations, thank you. Congratulations to Fulham, no
glamour games for Cardiff City this year, and from the man of the match
to the manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, you must be delighted with the way
you played today, as well as the victory. We played very well, we had
control of the ball, we kept possession of the ball. We need to
try less to win the game, we can score some goals more, similar
things what we are doing in the Championship. A lot of success down
the right-hand side, did you feel there was a weakness in the Cardiff
City side to exploit? No, it is not weakness, we are strong on both
sides, and we have a good solution in our full-back, playing very well
today, Sessegnon playing on the left side too. Generally, I believe our
strength is to keep possession of the ball and try to dominate the
team, the strength of Cardiff is to be solid, be strong, try to win
second phase, and that is how we prepared for this game today. Many
congratulations, thank you for joining us live on Match Of The Day
Wales. Thank you so much. Danny Gabbidon, that was the Fulham
perspective, let's talk about Cardiff City, not a great day for
them, how do you explain that performance? Yeah, it was very
lacklustre from Cardiff, normally you associate Neil Warnock's size as
being on the front foot, in your face, getting up to the opposition,
and it just didn't happen. I thought second half they would try to get
back into the game, but it was a footballing masterclass from Fulham,
the passing and movement, Cardiff could not deal with it. They have
that part, at 2-1 they were still in the game, and that was probably the
only positive, that Fulham did not finish the game off. But Fulham
thoroughly deserved their win today. Kit, Mr Jokanovic is a serious
character, but happy with the way his team performed, and we have got
some examples of just how well they played at times. Ryan Fredericks
guardsman of the match, two assists, but Tom Kenny was involved in all of
their best play. -- Cairney. That was unfortunate, but there was so
much good play throughout, Cairney involved, so confident on the ball.
The system they played today suited them perfectly as well. Numerous
opportunities and openings from their good passing and good play.
The only one thing probably is that they didn't have an out and out
striker playing today, and they probably would have won buy more.
Danny, from the Cardiff perspective, looking at the way Fulham managed to
play around the 18-yard box, that will really disappointed Neil
Warnock, they did not close down the attacking players. They were very
passive the whole game, I thought in the second-half Neil Warnock try to
address that, but they sat off, Fulham created numerous chances, and
Neil Warnock will be disappointed. We didn't really see a game plan
from Cardiff today, with or without the ball. Fulham are really well
drilled, the manager has been working on passing and movement, but
let's not forget that they were very good off the ball, very good
defensively, working hard and dominating in all departments. We
can hear from Tom Cairney. How are the players feeling in the changing
room at the moment? We are delighted to the next round, we dominated
nearly all the game, we couldn't find the third goal in the second
half, so a little bit edgy towards the end, but overall quite
comfortable. After going behind so early, how happy are you with the
way you came back into the game and dominated? Yeah, I think that was
always going to be the case, we didn't panic from the deflected free
kick, which always played the same, the manager in stills it in us, we
have to keep playing the right way. And you will be watching the draw
closely tomorrow, I'm sure, thank you.
A very happy Fulham captain, and the man that you picked out as the one
to watch before the game, he played his part. Just looking at the
chances Fulham had to extend their lead, they might well have got three
or maybe four. Well, they could have done, they had decent openings and
opportunities, and Cardiff were not quite last-ditch defending to keep
the scoreline down, but it comes from good play from Fulham. They
were by far the better side, but all the time it is 2-1, they had a
chance late on, but they created some good openings. A good save
there from Murphy for Cardiff, and as far as Cardiff are concerned, I
would have thought a famous Warnock wobbler in the dressing room, he has
not mellowed, would he be angry? I think he will be more disappointed,
the Championship is the more important thing to look at now, a
massive game coming up against Bristol City at the weekend, so they
have to move on. There will be disappointment about how the game
went, especially going in front, the way they were taught a footballing
lesson after scoring the goal, but they will have to move on quickly,
they are out of the competition now, onto league form again, trying to
pull away from the relegation zone. Let's just remind you of some
programmes coming up on BBC Television...
If you are a Cardiff City fan, you might want to avoid and! Can they
survive in the Championship? They certainly can, without doubt, it
might not always be sparkling football to watch, but he will get
them solid and organise, I'm confident they will stay up. So
Cardiff get a footballing lesson from Fulham, no Welsh sides left in
the FA Cup, who needs romance when you have got a relegation battle to
fight?! From all of us, bye for now.
Ian Hunt presents coverage of the FA Cup third round match between Cardiff City and Fulham live from the Cardiff City Stadium. Commentary will be provided by Rob Phillips and former Wales international Iwan Roberts.