Alex Smithies 

Clean sheet and an impressively solid performance from the ‘keeper. The trust and understanding between Smithies and his defenders is starting to blossom 7

Jazz Richards

We’ve only seen glimpses of Richards’ best form in a Bluebirds shirt. Working his way back to form though, defending solidly and looking to go forward. He is a quality full-back 6

Sean Morrison (capt) 

Battled through a tough match and, as always, coped with just about everything thrown at him. Played a major role in the clean sheet 7

Curtis Nelson

A dip in performance was always possible. Nelson is learning his trade at Championship level, but has been consistently decent and secured a starting place ahead of Flint and Bamba. Grew into the game and will learn from this experience 5
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Joe Bennett

An excellent Championship left-back on his day. Cool in defence and going forward, he can deliver a decent cross. Solid without being brilliant 6

Will Vaulks – Man of the Match

Will the Warrior was a menace to the Hatters in midfield. He is vocal during matches and loves a challenge, breaking up opposing attacks and protecting his back four. Also able to pick a pass going forward 7

Marlon Pack

Patrols midfield with confidence, cutting out danger for Bluebirds and looking to create going forward. The form of Pack is crucial to City’s play-off hopes 6

Lee Tomlin

Scored a third goal in four games and now has seven for the season. City needed inspiration with Paterson struggling to find his best and Tomlin popped up with a superbly struck winner 7

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Josh Murphy

I so want to see Murphy sparkle for 90 minutes. He has it in him and high levels of talent, but seems to drift in and out of games. Hopefully Murphy and Whyte can learn from the experience of Adomah, who joined Cardiff on loan from Forest 6

Albert Adomah

I’ve enjoyed watching the winger play since first seeing him in action for Bristol City a decade ago. The Ghanaian international had sizzling pace back then and, at the age of 32, he still has good speed, certainly enough to trouble Championship defenders. Gave City width, whipped in crosses and was hungry to succeed. An impressive debut 7

Callum Paterson

Led the attack with Glatzel and Ward among the subs. This time the Scot could not intimidate Luton defenders and did not win enough ball in the air. Paterson, though, has been so impressive when he has played in attack one game just off the pace can be forgiven 5

Subs:

Neil Etheridge

Not used

Leandro Bacuna

For Tomlin 80 mins

Junior Hoilett

For Murphy 74 mins

Gavin Whyte

For Adomah 90 mins

Aden Flint

Not used

Robert Glatzel

Not used

Danny Ward

Not used

Luton Town: Sluga, Potts, Tunnicliffe (LuaLua 78), Pearson, Cornick, Rea (Moncur 78), Mpanzu, Carter-Vickers, Collins, Brown (Berry 63), Bree. Subs Not Used: Shea, McManaman, Shinnie, Daniels.

Referee: James Linington

Attendance: 10,041