A stoppage time winner from midfielder Emerson Hyndman secured three points for Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham side as they moved ten points clear of MK Dons.
The first half did not go to plan for the Cottagers as Bluebirds’ forward Lex Immers opened the scoring in the 41st minute and they had a lead going into half-time.
However, Fulham were much better in second half and captain Scott Parker scored his first goal since 2104 to level before Hyndsman, who was celebrating his 20th birthday, scored a deserved winner.
All eyes were on Fulham pair Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack pre-match but they took a backseat as Parker and Hyndman scored to make their Championship status all but certain.
Here are THREE things we learned from the game:
1) Cardiff’s play-off hopes dealt a huge blow
With sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday losing on Saturday, Cardiff would have shortened the gap to just two points had they left Craven Cottage with all three points.
However, they left empty-handed and play-off hopes are now even fainter as they sit five points behind the Owls with Carlos Carvalhal’s side also having a significantly better goal difference.
Itss a big ask for Russell Slade’s side to reach the play-offs, but stranger things have happened in the Championship.
2) Scott Parker leads by example
As a former England player and captain, Scott Parker’s experience is invaluable for Fulham and particularly their young, up-and-coming players and on Saturday he led by example.
Its not often the veteran midfielder gets on the scoresheet but his influence on and off the field is often forgotten, but Saturday showed that he is still capable of playing at this level.
If Parker is still at the club next season, he could be crucial for whatever Jokanovic hopes to achieve.
3) Lex Immers continues to prove his worth
There was a certain degree of intrigue when Cardiff City completed the signing of Lex Immers on loan from Dutch side Feyenoord, and he has proved an inspired addition.
Immers has five goals this season since January and Slade will be desperate to sign the Dutchman on a permanent basis in the summer.
However, given their financial issues they could be priced out of a move, but he has shown that he is more than capable of playing at this level and he would be a terrific addition for a side in the Championship.
Fulham and Cardiff fans…What did you think of the match? Where can Fulham finish next season? Are the play-off now beyond Cardiff City? Let us know what you think in the comments below!