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December 14, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Cardiff City Stadium — Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 26632‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cardiff City 1-0 West Brom

David Marshall made an excellent save late on to deny Shane Long an equaliser as Peter Whittingham scored the only goal of the game to give the hosts a much-needed win

By Jamie Dunn

  • David Marshall
    0
    0
    3.50

    David Marshall

    Taylor's misjudged clearance forced the Scot to make his only save of the first half. Looked certain to concede but was saved by a Medel goal-line clearance and reacted excellently to keep Long out in the closing stages.

  • Andrew Taylor
    0
    0
    2.50

    Andrew Taylor

    Spared the embarrassment of scoring an own goal by Marshall and was otherwise solid under some late pressure.

  • Steven Caulker
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Presented with a great chance to open the scoring but could not divert the ball goalwards. Formed a solid partnership with Taylor.

  • Ben Turner
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ben Turner

    Put his goalkeeper under pressure with a mistake early on but recovered to help keep a well-earned cleen sheet.

  • Kevin Theophile Catherine
    1
    0
    3.50

    Kevin Theophile Catherine

    Easy to see why Cardiff fans have taken to the full-back, who provided the impressive Noone with plenty of cover. Extremely reliable.

  • Peter Whittingham
    1
    0
    3.50

    Peter Whittingham

    Struggled for a moment's peace against Billy Jones but got the better of his man to head beyond Myhill and score the only goal of the game.

  • Gary Medel
    0
    0
    3.50

    Gary Medel

    A typically solid display from the Chilean, who was booked for hacking down Amalfitano in the first half but turned in a performance full of short passes and blocks, and made a crucial clearance to deny McAuley.

  • Craig Noone
    0
    0
    4.00

    Craig Noone Top of the Match

    Lively from the off in his first Premier League start and eventually saw his hard work rewarded as Whittingham headed in one of his numerous dangerous crosses.

  • Jordon Mutch
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jordon Mutch

    Showed great composure in front of goal to create an opening in the second half, but fired over the bar.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    0
    0
    2.00

    Fraizer Campbell

    Came off for Maynard after a difficult afternoon. Almost connected with a cross with the goal gaping but missed his chance.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    0
    0
    2.50

    Peter Odemwingie

    Involved in the action from the start against his former club. Could not trouble Myhill, but should have had a penalty when pulled down by Billy Jones, who had hold of his shirt.

Substitutions

  • Bo-Kyung Kim
    0
    0

    Bo-Kyung Kim

    A late replacement for Odemwingie.

  • Aron Einar Gunnarsson
    0
    0

    Aron Einar Gunnarsson

    Replaced Medel in the closing stages.

  • Nicky Maynard
    0
    0

    Nicky Maynard

    A late substitute, coming on for Campbell.

  • B. Myhill
    0
    0
    2.00

    B. Myhill

    Made one save in the first half to keep out a free-kick from Odemwingie but could do little to stop Whittingham's header.

  • Jonas Olsson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jonas Olsson

    As solid as ever in defence and involved in set-pieces going forward, but could not help his side pick up an equaliser.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    0
    0
    2.00

    Liam Ridgewell Flop of the Match

    Given a tough afternoon against the impressive Noone, who was allowed to cross for Whittingham to score.

  • Gareth McAuley
    0
    0
    2.50

    Gareth McAuley

    Came close to putting the visitors in front but his effort was cleared off the line by Medel. Equal to the threatening delivery of Noone and Whittingham for much of the game.

  • Billy Jones
    0
    0
    2.50

    Billy Jones

    Made a number of important blocks and interceptions as West Brom came under pressure from the hosts in the first half. Booked after the break for a foul on Medel and was lucky not to concede a penalty for pulling Odemwingie's shirt.

  • Claudio Yacob
    0
    0
    2.00

    Claudio Yacob

    Made a mess of an excellent chance which eventually fell to McAuley. A strong presence in the midfield for the visitors until he was replaced by Sinclair.

  • Chris Brunt
    0
    0
    2.00

    Chris Brunt

    Could not trouble Cardiff with his usual trademark dangerous delivery.

  • Morgan Amalfitano
    0
    0
    2.50

    Morgan Amalfitano

    Saw a cross squandered by his team-mates after taking almost an hour to really influence the game. Came off for Berahino with his side chasing an equaliser.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    0
    0
    2.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    More and more involved in the game as his side went in search of an equaliser. Plenty of industry and good passing, but little to show for it.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    0
    0
    2.00

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Buzzed around behind Long and looked to have set up the equaliser with a clipped cross, but Marshall's save denied his side a point.

  • Shane Long
    0
    0
    3.00

    Shane Long

    Had to drop deep to get involved in the game, looked frustrated and felt he should have had a penalty but was waved away by Howard Webb, before what looked a certain equaliser was denied brilliantly by Marshall.

Substitutions

  • Scott Sinclair
    0
    0

    Scott Sinclair

    Came on for Yacob.

  • Matěj Vydra
    0
    0

    Matěj Vydra

    On in the closing stages in place of Long.

  • Saido Berahino
    0
    0

    Saido Berahino

    Replaced Amalfitano and flicked on a Sessegnon cross for Long only for Marshall to make an excellent save.

Results
 
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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20 0
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18 6
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0