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Player Ratings – Nottingham Forest 0, Cardiff City 1

Player Ratings – Nottingham Forest 0, Cardiff City 1

Neil Etheridge 

A frustrating display from the ‘keeper. Did well when Forest went for goal, handling well overall and making some good saves, but his distribution when he had the ball was poor. Too often Forest were given back possession when he kicked, although he wasn’t the only culprit in giving the ball away 6

Lee Peltier

One of the most consistent players in this Bluebirds team. High quality right-back at Championship level and gives his all for the team 8

Joe Bennett

Ever present this season – one of only two players (the other is Aden Flint) to have started every Championship fixture. Was given a torrid time by Forest on occasions, but stuck to the task and played an important role in a solid away win 6

Aden Flint

There are big decisions ahead at the heart of defence for manager Harris with Sol Bamba and Sean Morrison both fit. Flint and Nelson, though, are developing a good partnership. Sol and ‘Mozza’ may have to be patient 7

Curtis Nelson

An excellent foil for the tall, dominant Flint. Nelson has the pace and vision to with in sync with the 6ft 5ins Flint. The big man lacks a little in mobility, but carries a powerful presence in both penalty areas. Nelson covers his partner beautifully 8

Leandro Bacuna

Put in a major shift alongside Pack. Kept running, plugging gaps when they appeared and looking for attacking options. Strong, mobile and works hard 7

Marlon Pack (capt) 

Set the tone through midfield. Doesn’t possess blistering pace, but has the experience and know how play an influential role. Protected the back four, was vocal throughout and led City to their first away win of the season 7

Lee Tomlin

A revelation. Played his part in creating the winner, a playmaker who has an abundance of sheer quality. Tomlin and Madine linked up for Cardiff’s development team on their pre-season tour to Cornwall and Devon – and impressed with their mutual understanding. Now they are hooked up for the first team – long may that continue 8

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – Man of the Match

Scored a cracker. NML combined with Tomlin on the left before cutting inside and curling his shot into the net. Confident, aggressive, a winger with pace and power. Away fans chanted his name when he walked around the pitch in front of them after being substituted – and he applauded the Bluebirds’ faithful 9

Junior Hoilett 

Played his part in the build-up to Cardiff’s goal. Missed a chance set up by Madine. He was unlucky because the pass just failed to roll into his stride and, as a result, the effort lacked power and the danger was cleared. Tricky, experienced winger who is growing in confidence 7

Gary Madine

Led the line with great efficiency. Strong in the air, good awareness and rarely stopped running even though he was left battered and bruised by aggressive Forest defenders. Set up a glorious chance for Holilett with a neat pull-back – another sign of his awareness – but the Canadian could not get power in his shot. Why has he only made five Championship appearances? 7

See Also

Subs

Callum Paterson (for Mendez-Laing 79)

Sean Morrison (for Hoilett 85)

Danny Ward (for Madine 66)

Alex Smithies

Cameron Coxe

Will Vaulks

Josh Murphy

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Figueiredo, Worrall, Grabban, Watson, Carvalho (Semedo 66), Cash, Robinson (Mir 79), Ameobi (Adomah 75), Lolley, Silva. Subs Not Used: Smith, Bostock, Dawson, Rodriguez.

Referee: Robert Jones

Attendance: 28,209

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