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Player Ratings – Brighton 0, Cardiff City 2

Player Ratings – Brighton 0, Cardiff City 2

Neil Etheridge

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A well deserved clean sheet for Cardiff’s Filipino goalkeeper and his defenders. Brighton scarcely troubled Etheridge, who was safe and solid. Relieved when Murray’s effort rebounded off a post 7

Lee Peltier

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Central defenders Morrison and Manga took the starring roles, but both full-backs were steady and solid. Peltier is a competitor who is doing a cracking job at right-back 7

Man of the Match – Sean Morrison (capt)

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The Bluebirds skipper had another excellent match. A rock at the heart of defence, linking well with Manga, and headed City’s second goal from a set-piece 9

Bruno Manga

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Back to his calm, composed best. Stepped in with some key challenges. Manga slipped below his usual high standards at Burnley, but was decisive and effective in Sussex 8

Joe Bennett

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Did well on the left of City’s defence. The back five were well organised and Bennett played his part in that 7

Aron Gunnarsson

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Arter was ruled out by injury and Gunnarsson answered the call. Shielded the back four, worked hard for more than 50 minutes, but went off holding his back. Gunnar was immense and it was a blow when he had to be replaced 7

Joe Ralls

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Got through a mountain of work in midfield. A competitor who stepped up when Gunnarsson was forced off and played a key role in City’s dominance in that area 7

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

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A superb first half goal – described by BBC pundit Danny Gabbidon as ‘World class’. A curling, right-foot effort from 25 yards. Direct, hard-running raider 8

Victor Camarasa

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Played the number 10 role behind main striker Niasse, The creative Spanish midfield player created the second goal with a delightful delivery which have Morrison the chance to head City’s second 8

Junior Hoilett

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Struggled to find his best at Burnley, but the manager kept faith in the Canadian winger and he came through with a much improved personal performance 7

Oumar Niasse

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Phenomenal workmate. Made a lot of good runs and kept pulling defenders out of position, but he needed better service. BBC pundit Danny Gabbidon described Niasse as ‘an absolute nuisance to defenders’ 7

Subs:

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Kenneth Zohore

for Niasse 85

Josh Murphy

Not used

Bobby Decordova-Reid

Not used

Leandro Bacuna

for Gunnarsson 53 mins

Kadeem Harris

for Mendez-Laing 80

Brian Murphy (gk)

Not used

Rhys Healey

Not used

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 30,226.

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