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Player Ratings – Cardiff City 0, Bristol City 1

Player Ratings – Cardiff City 0, Bristol City 1

Neil Etheridge

Largely unemployed over the 90 minutes. His distribution was decent, but he was beaten by a shot hit with power, which curled viciously and then dipped past the ‘keeper. A wonderful strike – and there was little Etheridge could do about it. Made a high quality save from Hyman in the second half 7

Lee Peltier

Did his job at right-back without any fuss and defended solidly. A consistent player who tries to get forwards, but was found that difficult against the Robins 7

Aden Flint

Should Cardiff have been awarded a penalty, when a Robins defender took a handful of shirt and dragged him downwards? Of course. Flint still managed to jump, but nowhere near as high as he could have. A clear spork-kick for me 7

Curtis Nelson

Sean Morrison and Sol Bamba should be concerned. Nelson is playing well enough to keep his place alongside Flint. Developing into a high quality defender and he surely has a big future at this level. Made a magnificent block to deny O’Dowda when the Robins’ man had a clear sight of goal 8

Joe Bennett

The link between Bennett and Hoilett down the left is highly effective. Hoilett’s trickery and ability to outwit defenders made him Man of the Match and Bennett helped the winger cause havoc for the visitors. Cardiff enjoyed a lot of success down the left and Bennett’s link-up play with Hoilett was a key feature 7

Leandro Bacuna

This kid can play – in tight spaces and when he has more time. Quick feet and awareness. He fired off a shot after a good Cardiff move when it seemed the chanced had gone. He stayed calm, had another touch and fired goalwards. Bacuna also hit the bar with a fierce shot. There is far more to come from the midfield man 7

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Marlon Pack

Consistent and influential through the middle. Doesn’t possess genuine pace, but is a clever player who passes well. Comfortable throughout even without energetic, box-to-box player Ralls alongside him 7

Junior Hoilett – Man of the Match

Hit the bar with a terrific, curling shot and gave Robins’ defenders a torrid time. Created chance after chance – and was right to be aggrieved when he clipped a cross into exactly the right area on the edge of Bristol’s six yard box and nobody was in the right position 8

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

Struggled to make an impact, but curled a delicious cross to the far post soon after half-time and the Robins’ were hugely relieved they were able to scramble the ball clear. Has power, pace and ability, but we need to see more consistency 6

Lee Tomlin 

Fitter than he’s ever been – and that was clear when he reported back four pre-season training and went on Cardiff’s under-23 tour. Watching Tomlin chase back to become the last defender and cut out a dangerous Bristol attack was wonderful. Also has tricks in abundance and a football intelligence which picks him out through midfield 7

Omar Bogle

Started slowly, but grew in confidence and gave the Robins defence a torrid time, winning aerial balls. Called up with Ward suspended and gave his all. The big criticism is that he had the chances to have scored 7

Subs

Alex Smithies (gk)

Not used

Gary Madine

For Bogle 83

See Also

Callum Paterson

For Hoilett 88

Gavin Whyte

For Tomlin 75

Cameron Coxe

Not used

Will Vaulks

Not used

Sol Bamba

Not used

Bristol City: Bentley, Pereira (Moore 86), Kalas, Williams, Baker, Rowe, Brownhill, Nagy, O’Dowda, Weimann, Watkins (Palmer 63). Subs not used: Mäenpää, Massengo, Rodri, Eliasson, Semenyo.

Referee: Tony Harrington

Attendance: 23,846

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