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Oct 20, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 29,681
CardiffCardiff City
4-2
Fulham
Murphy (15'), Reid (20'), Paterson (65'), Harris (87')
FT(HT: 2-2)
Schurrle (11'), Sessegnon (34')

Result: Cardiff City off bottom of table with first victory of season

Cardiff City move up to 17th place in the Premier League table with a 4-2 win over Fulham in South Wales.

Cardiff City have defeated Fulham 4-2 to pick up their first victory of the season and climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.

A resurgent Cardiff pulled away with two second-half goals in a thrilling contest in South Wales to join their opponents on five points from nine matches.

The Bluebirds had gone eight top-flight matches without a win this term heading into Saturday afternoon's clash, including five defeats on the spin, but this much-needed victory takes them up to 17th place in the standings.

Kadeem Harris celebrates with his Cardiff City teammates after rounding off the scoring in his side's 4-2 Premier League win over Fulham on October 20, 2018© Reuters

Fulham took the lead against the run of play at the Cardiff City Stadium through a 30-yard strike from Andre Schurrle, which flew into the top-right corner of the goal.

The Cottagers had the worst defensive record in the division prior to this weekend's matches, though, and Cardiff were soon able to take advantage of their opponents' poor defensive setup.

A simple ball over the top from Sol Bamba set Josh Murphy free, and the midfielder drilled a low deflected shot out of Marcus Bettinelli's reach for his second home goal in a row.

Joe Bennett then shot wide from the edge of the area, but the Welsh side did not have to wait too much longer for a second as Bobby Reid kept his cool to slip his shot under Bettinelli after Schurrle got caught in possession.

Fulham were back on level terms with 10 minutes of the first half to play, however, through Ryan Sessegnon's smart finish past Neil Etheridge for his first top-flight goal.

Etheridge did better the next time Sessegnon was played through, racing off his line to thwart the first teenager to score in the Premier League this season, while Murphy and Harry Arter both sent shots over the bar up the other end.

Just when momentum looked to be swinging the visitors' way, with Sessegnon's latest effort - a long-range curler - being tipped over the bar by Etheridge, the Bluebirds edged in front and did not look back.

Callum Paterson controlled Bruno Ecuele Manga's low ball into the area and placed a low shot out of Bettinelli's reach on the turn.

Fulham could have left the Welsh capital with a share of the spoils as former Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson's header was destined for the back of the net, if not for the intervention of Etheridge.

The contest was killed off three minutes from time, however, with Kadeem Harris tapping in at the far post after Victor Camarasa squared the ball into his path.

CARDIFF CITY (4-3-3): Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Gunnarsson (Richards 77'), Arter (Damour 86'), Camarasa; Reid, Murphy (Harris 82'), Paterson

FULHAM (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Chambers (Mawson 46'), Ream, Odoi, Le Marchand; Johansen (Vietto 82'), McDonald, Seri (Ayite 58'); Schurrle, Mitrovic, Sessegnon

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