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Player Ratings – Cardiff City 1, Burnley 2

Player Ratings – Cardiff City 1, Burnley 2

Neil Etheridge

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Was scarcely tested during the first half, such was the quality of Cardiff’s defensive work. The home team were opened up soon after half-time and maybe Etheridge might have kept that first goal out 5

Bruno Manga

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Played on the right of defence, which is not his natural position, and occasional forward runs brought success. HIs pass led to Murphy’s goal. Faced the pace of Aaron Lennon and did a good job keeping the former Spurs man quiet.
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Sean Morrison (capt)

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Big man ‘Mozza’ led by example. Defended strongly alongside Bamba and Co, while he was a danger when he went up for set pieces. Those long throws contributed to City’s direct style and put Burnley under pressure 6

Sol Bamba

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Returned alongside Morrison at the back and it was good to see the two centre-backs together. Bamba’s boys at the back kept errors to a minimum and they deserved better, but it wasn’t their day

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Greg Cunningham

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Rated Cardiff’s best player against Manchester City by Warnock, was again effective and solid on the left, although he was out jumped by Vokes when Burnley went ahead 6

Joe Ralls

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A key player for the Bluebirds with his all-action, energetic style. Didn’t see enough of the ball this time, but his workmate, as always, was immense before he made way for Gary Madine in the second half 5

Man of the Match – Victor Camarasa

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Adds a touch of quality through midfield – his beautifully weighted pass helped set up Murphy’s goal.. Also worked to support Manga dealing with Lennon. Made forward runs to support City’s attack and his delivery from set pieces was spot on 7

Callum Paterson

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Back in the attacking midfield position he enjoys. Supported Zohore and was highly effective. Went close when his header was cleared off the line. His first half cycle kick struck an arm, but referee waved aside penalty appeals 7

Harry Arter

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His bright green boots make him easy to spot. Always neat and tidy, calming things down, but tenacious with his challenges. When Burnley tried to break Arter was invariably on the cover 6
Josh Murphy

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What a finish for his goal! This kid can play and he’ll get better and better this season as he adapts to Premier life. Smashed shot against a post after clever approach play. Headed ball into net, but effort ruled out for earlier foul. City need to get ball to him more 7

Kenneth Zohore

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Has all the potential needed to make a big impact at the top level. He has good movement, power and pace. Recalled after a good week in training. His low shot was superbly saved low down by Hart.
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Substitutes
Joe Bennett
Jazz Richards
Danny Ward (for Zohore 71)
Bobby Decordova-Reid
Kadeem Harris
Gary Madine (for Ralls 79
Brian Murphy

Burnley: Joe Hart, Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski (Kevin Long 27), Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor, Johan Berg Gudmundsson, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Aaron Lennon, Matej Vydra (Chris Wood 71), Sam Vokes

Subs not used: Tom Heaton (gk), Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Jeff Hendrick, Steven Defour, Phil Bardsley.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 30,411

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