How they rated

Wales On Sunday - - SPORT ON SUNDAY -

NEIL ETHERIDGE

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.

BRUNO MANGA

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.

SEAN MOR­RI­SON

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.

SOL BAMBA

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.

GREG CUN­NING­HAM

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.

KADEEM HAR­RIS

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.

JOE RALLS

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.

JOSH MUR­PHY

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.

VIC­TOR CA­MA­RASA

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.

CAL­LUM PATER­SON

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.

SUB­STI­TUTES

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

BRIGHTON

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

REF­EREE

Martin Atkin­son (West York­shire)

AT­TEN­DANCE

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