The keeper had a fairly easy afternoon with little to really deal with, and anything that was there to be saved was done so by the Baggies goalkeeper. There was nothing he could do with Earnshaw’s goal, the strike coming from such a close range he was unable to react quick enough to keep it out.
The full back had a reasonably solid game, although he was at fault for Cardiff’s goal. He delayed on the ball in the left back position and was robbed by Filip Kiss who found Earnshaw to score. Otherwise he had a strong game and delivered a fantastic ball to Simon Cox to put the home side two nil up.
The Chilean showed plenty of good skill, flair and creativity down the right as he looked to deliver quality for Odemwingie and Cox to feed off. He linked up well with Dorrans and Thorne in midfield and worked neatly with Jones on the overlap to cause problems for the Cardiff defence. He was replaced by Tchoyi in the second half.
Solid against Conway defensively and was excellent supporting Jara in more advanced positions, delivering dangerous crosses for Cox and Odemwingie which would have been goals but for last ditch clearances.
The central defender had a good afternoon against Gestede, Earnshaw and Mason. He was strong in the air and calm in possession providing his side with a much needed base to build from. However he should have done better for Mason’s equaliser, the young striker leaving him for dead inside the penalty area.
The defender got himself an assist with his pass for Odemwingie to open the scoring and it capped a good display from Dawson alongside McAuley. He was strong against Gestede and coped with the pace of Mason well when the youngster came on.
A confident performance in the centre of the midfield by the youngster who showed he is not afraid to get stuck in and win the ball. Once in possession he calmly released Morrison or Dorrans in more advanced positions to create chances for the home side. He was replaced by Fortune in the second half.
A good performance without ever setting the game alight, his work rate is fantastic, his vision impressive and his delivery is always accurate. He should have extended Albion’s lead in the opening minutes of the second half but tried to find Cox instead of shooting himself.
The Scot had an all action game winning the ball in midfield with some strong tackling and then bursting towards the Cardiff goal with purpose. On a different day he could have had at least two goals but his radar let him down at times and he was also denied brilliantly by Heaton from 18 yards.
The Nigerian had a good afternoon making a nuisance of himself with the Cardiff defenders. He chased down defenders, and made life difficult for them and forced them into playing long balls which gifted possession back to the Baggies. He took his seventh minute goal well, calmly slotting past Heaton from just inside the area for his fifth goal of the season.
The striker had a fine afternoon with three excellent goals and a solid performance to his name. He showed excellent movement off the ball and linked particularly well with Odemwingie and Jara. He took his first goal very well, making no mistake from six yards, but it was his wonderful second which everyone should watch on TV tonight. A 25 yard pile driver that gave Heaton no chance. His third goal was a tap in, the perfect way to get a hat-trick.
There was nothing he could have done about the opening goal as Odemwingie had all the time to find a way past him. And he was helpless for the second as Cox had a free header from six yards and it was past him before he knew it.
Like McPhail he spent a lot of the game chasing the ball but when he did get on the ball he looked good and created some good openings for his side.
He worked well with Gerrard but struggled against the pace and skill of the Albion strikers, he was caught out for Cox’s opening goal and got caught out of position a couple of times. He was replaced by Wharton in the second half.
The centre half was lucky not to concede a penalty in the opening minutes of the game for a clear handball but referee Lee Probert let the incident go unpunished. He had a tough game against Cox and Odemwingie who never gave him any space to play the ball out defence, but in the air he was dominant.
His afternoon started badly as he appeared to play Odemwingie on for the opening goal, he was not getting out of defence quick enough and his side were punished by the Nigerian. After that he settled into the game well and looked especially dangerous from free kicks for the visitors.
The winger had a tough afternoon but he was able to create some good chances for Earnshaw and Mason in the second half but they were not taken.
The experienced midfielder had a busy afternoon in a congested midfield and he found himself chasing the ball a lot as the home side dominated. He used his experience to steady his side at two nil down and help them get back into the game.
The midfielder was playing out on the right and he struggled at times but he made a particularly impressive contribution to get the visitors back into the game. He robbed Shorey in an excellent position and found Earnshaw who fired home Cardiff’s first goal.
He was keen to impress on his return to The Hawthorns so was full of running and putting the Albion players under pressure. However he had little to work with in front of goal until he side footed Kiss’ cross to get his side back into the game. He was then instrumental in their equaliser as Mason fired home from his low cross.
Youngster started the game very lively and went close inside the first couple of minutes but his afternoon ended early when he picked up a knock in the closing minutes of the first half and was replaced by Joe Mason.
- M. Fülöp
- J. Mattock
Replaced McAuley late in the second half and shored up the Baggies defence.
Replaced Jara midway through the second half and looked solid, and created good chances that were spurned.
- S. Mantom
Replaced Thorne midway through the second half and had an excellent impact, he made a nuisance of himself and created Cox's second goal.
- D. Marshall
- G. Gyepes
- A. Evans
- A. Oshilaja
The youngster replaced Keinan in the second half but had little impact.
- J. Ralls
He replaced the injured Gestede in the 43rd minute and made his first impact on the game in the second half as he equalised in the 50th minute. The youngster showed fantastic control to evade the challenge of McAuley and fire low under Foster to send the away fans wild.