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Warnock furious after penalty appeals dismissed in Norwich defeat

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock was left fuming after a number of penalty decisions failed to go his side's way in their 1-0 home defeat to Norwich.

Neil Warnock's side suffered their first Championship home defeat of the new year. Credit: PA

Cameron Jerome ended Norwich's four-month wait for an away win after scoring the only goal of the game five minutes before half time.

But Warnock was angered that Cardiff were denied a late draw, after both Rhys Healey and Kadeem Harris had strong penalty claims turned down by referee Chris Kavanagh in the latter stages of the second half.

I'm disappointed with the penalty appeals. Seven out of 10 referees would have given them. The referee said Healey dived for the first penalty, and then for the second one we've got a superhuman linesman from 40 yards away, who thought the defender got the ball. I've heard some excuses but nothing like that.

– Neil Warnock, Cardiff City Manager

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Cardiff City 1 - 2 Fulham

Ryan Sessegnon scored Fulham's second Credit: PA photo

Ryan Sessegnon became one of the youngest goalscorers in FA Cup history with the winner in Fulham's 2-1 victory at Cardiff.

The 16-year-old tapped home from close range as Fulham came from behind to win, with Stefan Johansen having cancelled out Anthony Pilkington's deflected free-kick.

The early 11.30am kick-off had persuaded many supporters to stay at home, and there was a low-key atmosphere which did not help either side.

Cardiff got an early break with an eighth-minute free-kick 25 yards out and Pilkington's strike hit Lucas Piazon on the shoulder to wrong-foot Marcus Bettinelli.

Parity was restored within six minutes when Ryan Fredericks beat Joe Bennett to reach the by-line, and his cross was sent into the roof as Johansen marked his 26th birthday in style.

Full-back Fredericks was a constant attacking outlet down the right and he left Bennett trailing to deliver a 33rd-minute cross which this time Tom Cairney met.

Cairney placed his shot onto the crossbar, but Sessegnon was unmarked to touch home the rebound for his third senior goal.

Fulham continued to dominate possession in the second half, even if scoring opportunities were seldom.

Murphy made a full-length stop to deny Sone Aluko in the closing stages, but Fulham comfortably saw through a job well done.

Cardiff City announce signing of Greg Halford

Cardiff City have announced the signing of Greg Halford from fellow Championship side Rotherham, for an undisclosed fee.

Greg Halford becomes Cardiff City’s first signing of the January transfer window. Credit: Cardiff City FC

The 32-year-old, who can play in both defence and midfield, has signed a contract with Cardiff which runs until the summer of 2018.

The move re-unites Halford with boss Neil Warnock, who he played under last season.

He's also represented the likes of Sunderland, Wolves, Brighton, Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth over the course of a 15-year playing career.

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