How they rated
NEIL ETHERIDGE 7
Made two vital saves to ensure Cardiff’s 1-0 lead wasn’t ridiculously short-lived as Chelsea sprung a fast response. Could do little to prevent any of Hazard’s strikes. There were no penalty heroics this time.
BRUNO MANGA 6
Looked to get forward whenever it allowed but was primarily an out-and-out defensive block. Got himself in some great positions to deny Chelsea’s irresistible front line.
SEAN MORRISON (CAPT) 6
Chelsea couldn’t deal with his aerial threat for Bamba’s opener, but at the back Morrison was bombarded and coped as well as he could.
SOL BAMBA 7
Might have done better with his first chance but make quick amends with a brilliantly timed finish for the opener. Was a rock in his own box too, countless clearances and interceptions but it was a silly decision to dive in and concede a needless penalty.
JOE BENNETT 6
Assigned the tough job of containing Chelsea’s double-pronged right wing attack of Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro. Beaten by Hazard’s skill for the equaliser, but gave a decent enough account of himself thereafter.
JOE RALLS 6
Made numerous interventions while protecting the back four. But stopping Hazard and company running riot in that area of the pitch was virtually impossible. His passing and desire to come forward was commendable.
HARRY ARTER 5
His usual busy self but dived in too often and was removed. After a brilliant start for the Bluebirds, this wasn’t his best game.
JUNIOR HOILETT 6
Saw very little of the ball, especially in the first half, as Chelsea dominated. Combined nicely with Ralls and Bennett down the left in the second half as he came into the game.
BOBBY REID 7
Bravely put himself about and into every challenge and potentially looked Cardiff’s most composed player on the ball. Replaced on 70 minutes.
DANNY WARD 7
Deprived of the ball, the proverbial ‘feeding off scraps’ striker, but did incredibly well given the circumstances. The big chance just never fell his way.
Jazz Richards (for Arter 46) Callum Paterson (for Reid 71) Gary Madine (for Ward 77) Not used: Murphy (gk); Peltier, Cunningham, Zohore
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic (Barkley, 50); Pedro (Willian, 67), Hazard (Zappacosta, 84), Giroud Subs not used: Caballero, Christensen, Drinkwater, Morata
Jon Moss (Wirral)