Neil Etheridge

Safe and secure. Solid when dealing with crosses and made one or two good saves. Remains among the leading ‘keepers in the Football League – and he’s working hard with coach Andy Dibble to improve 7

Jazz Richards

‘It’s great to be back,’ says the versatile full-back, who started at right-back and switched to the left after Joe Bennett went off.

‘“I spoke to the new manager when he came in and he said he knows what kind of player I am, and that he likes the way I play.

“My match fitness will only improve. I’m feeling fit in training, but I know that match fitness is entirely different.

“I’ve started in two matches now and I’m feeling good with it. The manager has faith in me.’

Three appearances, one from the bench, and the Jazz-man has been outstanding 8

Curtis Nelson

Could have dealt with the danger before Wednesday scored, when Tom Lees headed into the bottom right-hand corner from a Barry Bannan corner. That was a rare error by the centre-back and overall he was quick to cover, aware of danger around him and decisive 6
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Aden Flint

Big Aden is a powerhouse at the heart of defence when he hits form and, boy, did he find his best in Yorkshire. A threat when he went forward and cleared a Wednesday chance off the line. Defended with commitment and courage 8

Joe Bennett

Carried off on a stretcher after a collision with City team-mate Junior Hoilett. They clashed heads and both were hurt. Hoilett was able to play on, but Bennett suffered bad swelling around an eye and was taken off. Bennett had looked in decent form until that incident 6

Marlon Pack (capt) – Man of the Match

If the Bluebirds are to mount a challenge for a top six finish they will need Marlon packing his shooting, passing and tackling boots. At his best, Pack is a quality competitor in the second tier – and he showed that at Hillsbrough. Cool, calm, collected and decisive. Protects the back four and has an attacking side which had Wednesday struggling 8
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Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

One of two first half injuries which led to enforced substitutions. Bennett went off after 36 minutes with Vaulks taking over, while NML followed after suffering a hamstring injury six minutes later. Bamba took over and Cardiff reshuffled their resources 6

Leandro Bacuna

A growing, impressive presence in midfield. Full of energy, works tirelessly alongside Pack. City started with a back four, switched to three centre-backs with wing-backs, asked Bacuna to play on the right. He was a stalwart throughout 7

Lee Tomlin

Assists on both City goals. His football brain works faster than most – his ability to spot an opportunity and pick a pass alongside his current high levels of fitness make him a huge influence for the Bluebirds. Glatzel scored from Tomlin’s free-kick – and he also created the chance for Hoilett 8

Junior Hoilett 

Played on after he was left reeling by a clash of heads with City team-mate Bennett. Had already scored with a left-foot shot to the bottom left-hand corner from Tomlin’s low, first time cross 7

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Robert Glatzel

I’ve had many discussions about the German striker and my best pal, a City fan for many, many years, reckons he was a waste of money. This performance suggests a totally different picture. In my opinion, Glatzel has shown signs of genuine ability, but has needed time to adapt to the hurly burly of Championship football.

‘Adapting to a different league can take time,’ said Glatzel. ‘I’m adjusting more and more with every game played, feeling confident and hope that I continue to play well to help the team however I can.’

Produced a performance of real quality at Hillsbrough, scored with a clinical finish, led the line with confidence and gave defenders a torrid time 8


Alex Smithies (gk)

Not used

Josh Murphy

Not used

Danny Ward

Not used

Gary Madine

Not used

Will Vaulks

For Bennett 36

Callum Paterson

For Tomlin 83

Sol Bamba

For Mendez-Laing 42

Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Palmer (Börner 63), Lees, Hutchinson, Iorfa (Rhodes 58), Fox, Bannan, Reach, Harris, Jacob Murphy (Nuhui 79), Winnall. Subs not used: Wildsmith, Odubajo, Lee, Pelupessy.

Referee: Tim Robinson

Attendance: 25,385