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Player Ratings – Cardiff City 2, Carlisle United 2

Player Ratings – Cardiff City 2, Carlisle United 2

Alex Smithies

Given the nod with Neil Etheridge rested. Saved a penalty taken by Jack Bridge, but the Carlisle man was able to head in when the ball flew loose. A solid display from a first class ‘keeper 7

Cameron Coxe

A third first team appearance for the teenager from Merthyr Tydfil. Both of his previous outings were in the League Cup. An error led to Carlisle’s second goal, but the 21-year-old showed great character as he battled back and his goal-saving challenge kept City in the cup

Sean Morrison (capt)

Good to see the Bluebird’ skipper back in action. Adds experience and leadership at the hearty of defence. Personally, I’d like to see ‘Mozza’ stay in the starting line-up 6

Sol Bamba

A foul by Bamba one Jack Bridges after Cardiff had failed to clear gave Carlisle a 12th minute penalty from which they scored, albeit after Alex Smithies saved the initial spot-kick. Far from his best right now, but the big man is gaining match fitness 6
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Joe Bennett

Surprising that he started after an horrific, accidental clash of heads with Junior Hoilett at QPR. Good to see, though, that he recovered enough to play. Saw a lot of the ball during the first half, enjoyed getting forward and did well. Great to see Bennett back to his best 7

Will Vaulks

Intelligent, determined athlete who has all the attributes needed to be a Bluebirds success. City fans have not yet seen the best of Vaulks, but I am convinced they will over the rest of this season. Stepped in with Marlon Pack rested and did a solid job 7

Leandro Bacuna

Operated in midfield and good to see him in his natural position after a poor showing at wing-back during the 6-1 defeat at QPR. Far from his best performance, but he is a mobile, highly competitive battler through the middle 5

Josh Murphy

Good to see the winger given his chance to shine. He has all the assets needed to shine for City – we certainly haven’t seen the best of him yet. Has so much more to give – and he showed that after half-time.

“Josh gave us some of the best moments in the game with his brightness and quality,” said Harris. Make no mistake, Josh is going to be a star over the rest of this season 7

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Callum Paterson – Man of the Match

Linked up with Ward in attack. They switched roles regularly between the number 10 and centre-forward roles. A versatile battler who can be a highly influential player for the Bluebirds. Scored and added an assist 7

Gavin Whyte

Quick feet, a football brain. There is loads more to come from the midfield player. Capped a decent personal performance with his headed goal. He has ability – and manager Neil Harris is aiming to nurture that 7

Danny Ward

Worked hard alongside Paterson in attack. There were few chances for the striker, but he battled for the team 5

Subs

Lee Peltier

Not used

Robert Glatzel

See Also

For Ward 78

Curtis Nelson

Not used

Lee Tomlin

For Coxe 78

Joe Day (gk)

Not used

Tom Sang

Not used

Sam Bowen

Not used

Carlisle FC: Adam Collin, Gethin Jones, Byron Webster, Aaron Hayden, Jon Mellish, Elliot Watt, Mike Jones, Jack Bridge, Harry McKirdy, Hallam Hope, Nathan Thomas. Subs: Jack Iredale, Stefan Scougall, Taylor Charters, Louis Gray, Olufela Olomola, Ryan Loft, Charlie Birch.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 5,282

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