Alex Smithies

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Cool, calm, confident. A decent shot stopper, but his major assets are commanding the penalty area and staying solid. Excellent again – another clean sheet 8

Jazz Richards

One of the best right-backs in Championship football. Forget about playing Jazz on the left, he can be a hugely influential player on the right and certainly was at Huddersfield 7

Sean Morrison (capt)

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Captain Fantastic. Experienced, decisive and a leader. Wins his personal challenges and lets those around him know what is expected. The partnership with Nelson continues to blossom. It’s not quite there yet, but the future looks bright 7

Curtis Nelson

For all the criticism aimed at Nelson, he is making solid progress. Has been at the heart of defence as City kept clean sheets in their last two matches. Yes, there are improvements to be made, but he’s working hard on weaknesses 7

Joe Bennett

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Always looks composed when he has the ball at his feet – and loves to get forward. A high quality full-back at Championship level and he was excellent at Huddersfield

Will Vaulks – Man of the Match

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This guy can play. Abrasive, skilled, annoying to opponents and scored at Huddersfield. Looking better and better. Whatever you say about Neil Warnock signings – and there were a few which fell flat – Vaulks is a top notch capture 9

Marlon Pack

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This was one of Pack’s best performances in a Cardiff shirt. He is a leader and has genuine quality. Ignore his critics – Pack has the qualities to help lead the Bluebirds into the plays-offs 8

Josh Murphy

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Scored and produced a far more consistent performance. Took responsibility defensively and looked dangerous going forward. Good on you, Josh. Keep it up 8

Lee Tomlin

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Had a glorious chance to add a third goal for Cardiff, but tried to lift his effort over the goalkeeper and his shot went over the bar. Set up two goals, though, and has been directly involved in eight goals during his last nine appearances. Absolute quality 9

Albert Adomah

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AA is like a breath of fresh air. Loves playing, loves running at defenders and delivers a mean cross. Made way for Leandro Bacuna, who then played against his younger brother Juninho Bacuna 7

Callum Paterson

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Scored his sixth goal of the season to put City 3-0 ahead. The Scot is not a natural striker, but he is a nuisance to defenders in the Leo Fortune-West mould. Magnificent. Works so hard and is highly effective for the team 8

Subs:

Neil Etheridge (gk)

Not used

Aden Flint

Not used

Leandro Bacuna

For Adomah 67

Robert Glatzel

Not used

Gavin Whyte

Not used

Danny Ward

For Paterson 86

Junior Hoilett

For Murphy 67

Huddersfield Town: Lossl; Simpson, Schindler (capt), Stearman, Toffolo; Hogg (King 58), O’Brien; Kachunga, Smith-Rowe (Willock 75), J Bacuna; Mounie (Campbell 58). Subs not used: Coleman, Chalobah, Pyke, Stankovic

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 20,238