How they rated

Wales On Sunday - - PREMIER LEAGUE - BY DO­MINIC BOOTH

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.

SUB­STI­TUTES

Jazz Richards (for Arter 46) Cal­lum Pater­son (for Reid 71) Gary Ma­dine (for Ward 77) Not used: Mur­phy (gk); Peltier, Cun­ning­ham, Zo­hore

CHELSEA

Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudi­ger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Ko­vacic (Barkley, 50); Pedro (Wil­lian, 67), Haz­ard (Zap­pa­costa, 84), Giroud Subs not used: Ca­ballero, Chris­tensen, Drinkwa­ter, Mo­rata

REF­EREE

Jon Moss (Wir­ral)

AT­TEN­DANCE

40,499

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