Alex Smithies

Former number one goalie Etheridge is having to be patient after recovering from injury. Satisfying clean sheet. Smithies is keeping his place on merit – and his save from Osayi-Samuel was sublime 7

Lee Peltier

Solid, reliable, effective. Under pressure at times, but knows how to defend 7

Sean Morrison

Five-star displays of leadership and defending from the skipper. Scored Cardiff’s first goal 8

Aden Flint

The 6ft 5ins centre-back adds extra defensive strength to the team alongside Morrison 7

Joe Bennett

Took on a massive challenge against the pace of Osayi-Samuel and struggled to cope 6

Leandro Bacuna

Links well with Pack through midfield and supported the work of Tomlin 7

Marlon Pack

The heartbeat of Cardiff’s team. When he was missing through injury the Bluebirds stuttered, but the engine is purring nicely now he is back. Scored City’s second 8

Lee Tomlin – Man of the Match

Quick-thinking, lively and creative playmaker. I love watching him play when he is in this mood 8

Gavin Whyte

Aged 23 and still finding his feet at Championship level. There have been plenty of glimpses showing his undoubted quality and he will continue to get better 7

Josh Murphy

Another work-in-progress, but there is extra pressure on Murphy to find consistency. He has huge qualities and must start producing for longer spells 6

Robert Glatzel

Should have scored from a perfect Gavin White cross and battled hard in attack, but this wasn’t his night and he made way for Ward 6


Callum Paterson

for Tomlin 65

Absolutely hammered home the third in convincing fashion. A monster strike.

Danny Ward

for Glatzel 82

Junior Hoilett

for Whyte 87

Neil Etheridge (gk)

Not used

Curtis Nelson

Not used

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

Not used

Cameron Coxe

Not used

Queens Park Rangers: Kelly, Cameron, Hugill, Eze, Scowen, Ball (Wells 63), Manning, Chair (Pugh 79), Osayi-Samuel, Rangel (Kane 67), Leistner. Subs not used: Lumley, Wallace, Pugh, Mlakar, Masterson.

Referee: Matt Donohue

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