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Thrown in at the deep end on what was his first league start for the Blue­birds and did well to limit the threat of Ster­ling early on. But Man City’s lethal front­line soon hit top gear and the away side en­joyed plenty of suc­cess on the flanks.


Al­most turned into his own net early on and mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Neil Etheridge put his side back un­der pres­sure soon af­ter. Con­di­tions cer­tainly made life more dif­fi­cult, but this wasn’t Mor­ri­son’s best show­ing.


Back in his pre­ferred cen­tre-back role, the Gabon in­ter­na­tional won plenty of aerial du­els to keep the vis­i­tors at bay and in­ter­cep­tions also proved vi­tal too in the open­ing half an hour. Sloppy for Gun­do­gan’s goal and his er­ror led to Mahrez scor­ing a fifth for Man City late on.


Left for dead by Leroy Sane in the open­ing stages but was oth­er­wise very solid at right-back early on. But – as with Cun­ning­ham and the two cen­tre-backs – Man City’s front three carved Cardiff’s de­fence open at will af­ter go­ing ahead. Forced off through in­jury af­ter the break.


Typ­i­cal in­dus­tri­ous dis­play in the mid­dle of the park but was un­able to do his usual dirty work as Man City knocked the ball around for fun.


Started well, but was quickly over­run as Man City’s mid­field dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings. Col­lected a book­ing for a very poor chal­lenge on Gun­do­gan on the stroke of half-time. Vi­tal block to deny Bernardo Silva in the 73rd minute.


Full of con­fi­dence early on and was at the heart of things when­ever the Blue­birds did man­age to by­pass Man City’s mid­field. But a few nervy mo­ments put his side un­der pres­sure, and the Spa­niard was un­able to carry any kind of at­tack­ing in­flu­ence af­ter the Blue­birds went be­hind.


Bat­tled in vain to re­lieve the pres­sure on the men fur­ther be­hind him and did man­age to threaten on the right flank on one or two oc­ca­sions. Re­placed by Josh Mur­phy.


Pos­i­tive early on as the Blue­birds car­ried a threat on the counter at­tack. But be­came in­creas­ingly iso­lated and was un­able to give any kind of sup­port to Ward as the vis­i­tors con­trolled pos­ses­sion.


Fed off scraps and was rarely given any time on the ball. Tested Eder­son from dis­tance in the first half and put in a real shift, but there was lit­tle Ward could do to pre­vent this maul­ing. Hooked just af­ter the hour mark.

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