Player Ratings – West Ham United 3, Cardiff City 1

Neil Etheridge

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Was let down by his defence, who left him exposed. Made some good saves and spared Cardiff from a heavier defeat 6

Joe Bennett

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A solid performance – apart from that moment of confusion with Morrison which allowed West Ham to score their first goal. They got in each other’s way. City’s back four struggled as a unit 5

Sean Morrison (capt)

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Involved in a mix-up with Bennett which led to the first goal – and that was big moment for Hammers. As always gave everything in the cause 5

Sol Bamba

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Way off his best. A weak link on the night in a poor defensive display. Could not cope with the pace, power and movement of West Ham’s attacking players 4

Bruno Manga

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I’ve said it before and will say it again. A centre-back playing full-back is difficult. City have persevered, but Manga was caught out of position in more ways than one 5

Junior Hoilett

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On a night when confidence was low, Hoilett started well. Won Cardiff a penalty, but later made way for Murphy 6

Joe Ralls

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Missed a penalty, which he hadn’t done before, and his confidence is low. Somehow Rallsy must regain belief and that will only come with hard work – and probably some one-to-one chats with Warnock, who said the midfield player won’t be taking penalties again 4

Man of the match – Aron Gunnarsson

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Gunnar battled in midfield and did not stop competing. The heart of a lion as he tried to stem the tide 7

Harry Arter

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Started well, but faded as the game slipped away from Cardiff. Arter is, though, a crucial factor in Cardiff’s bid for survival 6

Victor Camarasa

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A night when little went right for Cardiff players. The Spanish playmaker tried to give Gunnarsson support, but struggled to make an impact. Warnock says he will take over spot-kick duties 5

Callum Paterson

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He did what he can and battled gainfully in the air, but there was too little support. Held the ball up at times, but he was too isolated. Made way for Harris 6

Subs Not Used:

Alex Smithies (gk)

Not used

Lee Peltier

Not used

Bobby Decordova-Reid

Not used

Gary Madine

Not used

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

for Ralls 64

Josh Murphy

for Hoilett 64

Scored a late consolation for City

Kadeem Harris

for Paterson 70