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Cardiff City 2-1 West Brom – Player Ratings

Just over 22,000 at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday evening.

by Reece Chambers at the Cardiff City Stadium

1. Alex Smithies – 9/10

Essentially the reason Cardiff City came away with three points. Point-blank save from a Kenneth Zohore strike in the 93rd minute. Neil Etheridge is going to find it tough to come back in after performances like that.

21. Jazz Richards – 5/10

Slightly more attacking involvement that Lee Peltier usually has, but Richards was at fault for the penalty and nearly cost his side three points.

4. Sean Morrison – 8/10

Captain, leader, legend. Commanded the back four well against top Championship strikers. Aerial threat that was proven with involvement in Paterson’s opener.

16. Curtis Nelson – 7/10

Another assured performance alongside Morrison. His pace and athleticism is well suited in partnership with the skipper and could become the key defensive partnership Harris has been looking for.

3. Joe Bennett – 6/10

Matt Philips absolutely embarrassed Bennett midway through the second half and nearly converted that chance into a goal. As it was, the left-back dealt with the winger’s threat well for the majority of the evening – job done against one of the Championship’s best forwards.

6. Will Vaulks – 8/10

Vaulks’ first start at the Cardiff City Stadium in the Championship and he certainly repaid the favour. He stood up to the task in a physical midfield battle against Jake Livermore and refused to be intimidated. A threat with long throw-ins, too.

15. Marlon Pack – 7/10

Pack has received criticism lately for his inability to protect the back four and distribute the ball well. In a hectic second half, his calming influence was much-needed. He looked much more at home alongside Vaulks in midfield.

33. Junior Hoilett – 6/10

Few opportunities for the Canadian other than some runs with the ball into attacking areas. His final product has been lacking this season and showed again on Tuesday. A goal or assist soon wouldn’t go a miss.

13. Callum Paterson – 8/10

After two fouls in the opening 10 minutes, this was bound to be a typical Paterson performance. His physicality and determination was top drawer and chipped in with an important goal against a physical West Brom defence.

20. Gavin Whyte (off ‘82 for Bacuna) – 7/10

Probably one of Whyte’s best games in a Cardiff City shirt. Promising attacking runs stretched the West Brom defence and was much-needed after a series of uninspiring performances from the Bluebirds’ wide options.

9. Robert Glatzel (off ‘64 for Tomlin) – 5/10

Something just isn’t sticking for the German at the moment. He failed to distinguish any sort of understanding with Tomlin and created few chances in the game. Change needed?

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17. Lee Tomlin (on 64’ for Glatzel)

Ultimately the match-winner with a super free-kick late on. His attacking influence and combinations with Paterson proved that he is the most effective player going forward for the Bluebirds.

7. Leandro Bacuna (on 82’ for Whyte)

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23. Sol Bamba (on 90+4’ for Hoilett)

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