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Player Ratings – Cardiff City 0, Leicester City 1

Player Ratings – Cardiff City 0, Leicester City 1

Neil Etheridge

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Has enjoyed himself in the top flight. Quality goalkeeper whose distribution has improved. Made a superb save with a leg when Vardy ran clear in the closing minutes, racing off his line to deflect the ball over 7

Bruno Manga

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Cardiff will surely look to sign a right-back in January. Centre-half Manga has done a decent job playing out of position, but he isn’t a natural and sometimes looks dreadfully uncomfortable 5

Sean Morrison (capt)

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Totally committed, a leader of men who you know will battle or his team every step of the way. Met a Bennett free-kick in second half injury time, but his headed flew well wide 6

Sol Bamba

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Sol sound, solid and formed a strong partnership with his captain Morrison at centre-back. Went close when his overhead kick was cleared off the line. But did the referee miss a Bamba handball? He did, but Vardy was clearly offside in the build-up. The shot from 15 yards hit Bamba’s outstretched arm and deflected onto the bar 6

Man of the Match – Joe Bennett

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The left-back outstanding, one of the best players out there. Enjoying himself in the top flight and Neil Warnock won’t be looking strengthen on that side of defence 8

Josh Murphy

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Flashes of sparkle, particularly earn on, had Leicester on the back foot. The visitors, though, gradually took control and and Cardiff struggled to earn the possession they needed. Murphy, Decordova-Reid and more were not given the ball in dangerous areas. Made way for Madine 5

Harry Arter

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Booked for a foul just before half-time and miss the home game v Brighton next weekend. City will miss the tenacious Arter, who harried opponents into errors. Thankfully, Joe Ralls is back after completing his suspension 6

Victor Camarasa

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Hit the bar with a stinging right-footed free-kick from just outside the penalty area midway through the first half. Composed and creative, while he doesn’t stop closing down opponents. Good moments, but not enough of them 6

Aron Gunnarsson

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It’s been a big ask for Gunnar, who has fought his way back to fitness and has played three games in 14 days having scarcely been able to fully train. Cardiff started well and Gunnarsson was part of that, but the way they faded and Leicester took over said a lot 5

Bobby Decordova-Reid

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Struggled to make an impact and made way for Hoilett with 25 minutes left. He has the desire and ability to make a major impact over the season, but this wasn’t his day 5

Callum Paterson

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Zohore should watch Paterson in action and take note. The big Dane, who has all the attributes needed to succeed, was not in the match day 16. Scot Paterson led the attack. He’s willing, wins aerial duels, closes down and is always looking to put opponents under pressure, but he’s far from a natural in that position 5


See Also

Alex Smithies (gk)

Not used

Danny Ward

for Arter 80

Greg Cunningham

Not used

Loic Damour

Not used

Kadeem Harris

Not used

Gary Madine

Murphy 85

Junior Hoilett

for Decordova-Reid 65

Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, Ben Chilwell, Wes Morgan (capt), Demarai Gray (Danny Simpson 71), Jamie Vardy, James Maddison (Vicente Iborra), Marc Albrighton, Ricatrdo Pereira, Harry Maguire (Jonny Evans 27), Nampalys Mendy, Wilfred Ndidi. Subs not used: Danny Ward (gk), Kelechi Iheanacho, Fousseni Diabate, Christian Fuchs.

Referee: Lee Probert

Attendance: 30,877.

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