Alex Smithies

There is confidence running through the back four and the way City’s goalkeeper goes about his duties is among the reasons. Calm, composed, safe and solid. His distribution of the ball helps launch attacks and that ability is another useful part of his game. Made a couple of big saves 7

Jazz Richards

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Once again showed his versatility, starting at right-back and switching to the left after half-time. The reason for the change was that Joe Bennett went off and Leandro Bacuna went on from the bench. Richards looked in control; on both sides

Sean Morrison (capt) – Man of the Match

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The skipper is back to his best – and thought he had scored a winner, but his effort was ruled out. A threat in both penalty areas and his experience is a real help for Nelson 8

Curtis Nelson

Working hard on adapting to the Championship style and has settled well alongside Morrison. His playing style is better suited to combining with Morrison at centre-back than Flint or Bamba right now. More room for improvement, but Nelson is making progress 6

Joe Bennett 

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The curious case of Bennett’s half-time substitution left fans bewildered. Bennett had a decent first half, but was taken off with Bacuna going on – and he has shown time and again full-back is not a natural for him. Was the change due to an injury? Was it tactical? Neil Harris avoided the question, saying: “Neither. I took him off because I’m a manager and I make strong decisions.

“Sometimes you just have to make decisions at stages in games or moments in changing rooms and I decided to take Joe off at half-time.”

Harris then stood up before another question could be asked and walked out of the post-match conference 6

Josh Murphy

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Regular starts are doing Murphy the world of good. Confidence is growing, he is scoring goals (five in his last six games) and poses a genuine threat to the opposition. More of the same please, Josh 7

Will Vaulks

Vocal, energetic, abrasive midfield player who makes sure the opposition knows he’s around. Has ability – and a physical presence. Wigan’s Joe Williams will testify to that. He shoulder-barged Vaulks when the Bluebirds was letting the ball run out of play. Williams got the worst of it because Vaulks stood firm and the Wigan man fell into advertising hoardings. Vaulks pointed at Williams and started laughing 7

Marlon Pack

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The man who directs Bluebirds through midfield, ably supporting captain Morrison as a leader. Defensively solid, can pick a pass and looks the part 8

Albert Adomah

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The wiley winger still has ample pace at Championships level and he’s making his mark with the Bluebirds. Fast becoming a favourite among the Cardiff faithful 7

Lee Tomlin

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Wigan were clearly worried about Tomlin and singles him out for special attention. The aim was to shut him out of the game and he rarely has the time and space to produced those tricks and flicks 6

Callum Paterson

I wonder how strikers Glatzel and Ward are feeling, having to look on from the bench with Paterson leading the attack? To be fair, though, Paterson will battle for the Bluebirds no matter where he plays. He is strong in the air, competes for everything and is a real handful for defenders. Hopefully, Glatzel and Ward are looking and learning 7


Neil Etheridge (gk)

Dion Sanderson

Aden Flint

Robert Glatzel

Leandro Bacuna

For Bennett 46

Danny Ward

For Paterson 75

Junior Hoilett

For Murphy 75

Wigan Athletic: Marshall, Byrne, Morsy, Evans (Gelhardt 65), Lowe (Jacobs 86), Massey (Pilkington 65), Moore, Williams, Kipré, Naismith, Balogun. Subs not used: Jones, Garner, Roberts, Mlakar.

Referee: John Brooks

Attendance: 21,287