How they rated
Beaten by Lewis Dunk from a tight angle for Brighton’s opener and distribution wasn’t the best. Had little else to do until he thwarted Jose Izquierdo in the 82nd minute.
Somewhat ponderous early on but, as with others, the Gabon international found the going far easier after Brighton went down to 10 men. Looked far more comfortable in his natural centre-back position after Morrison’s departure.
Had an almighty battle with Glenn Murray until the veteran forward was substituted on 63 minutes but continuously threw his body into the firing line, twice receiving knocks to the head. Forced off in the 70th minute.
Lost Dunk as he headed Brighton in front after only six minutes. But made some important challenges after that, crucially throwing his body on the line to deny Murray before the half-hour mark. Denied by the post with an audacious overhead kick, but slammed home the rebound.
Very slow to get into the game in the opening stages and was on the receiving end of a shocking tackle from Dale Stephens in the 34th minute. But improved as the game wore on.
Handed his first Premier League start of the season and showed all of his pace and trickery to set up Callum Paterson for the opening goal. Looked so much more confident after the restart and rattled the crossbar with a superb effort. Encouraging.
Hit and miss on his return from suspension. Made some important interventions but looked tired as the second half wore on. Replaced by Bobby Reid.
Was kept relatively quiet by Brighton’s defence although Murphy’s pace did help keep the Bluebirds on the front foot after the red card. Credit to the visitors for marking him so well. Substituted in the second half.
Another very slick display from the Spaniard who linked all of Cardiff’s attacking play together very nicely having been deployed in a more central role. Tested Ryan with a half -volley in the 87th minute.
Worked tirelessly up top once again and got his rewards as he headed home Harris’ cross just before the half hour to get Cardiff back on level terms, with the goal being the Scot’s third in four games. Did what he could with the limited service he had.
Lee Peltier (for Morrison, 70); Junior Hoilett (for Murphy, 72); Bobby Reid (for Ralls, 76). Not used: Smithies, Bennett, Ward, Damour.
Yellow cards: Paterson 34, Cunningham 71
Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk (C), Bong; Knockaert, Stephens, Kayal, Izquierdo; March (Bissouma 39); Murray. Subs not used: Steele, Balogun, Bernardo, Bruno, Andone, Gyokeres. Yellow cards: Bissouma 90+3 Red card: Stephens 34
Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)