Will be frustrated as there was nothing he could do with Noone's goal. Some other decent stops though.
Made his presence felt on Campbell on more than one occasion but was turned inside out on Cardiff's goal.
Contributed well in an attacking sense but was given a bit of a chasing by Noone when left one-on-one.
Not a day for explosive runs past his opposite full-back as City pushed deep into Cardiff territory but he nonetheless linked well in and around the area.
The man in the City defence tasked with bringing the ball out and supplying his midfielders. Tidy performance in possession but could have been sharper on certain challenges including the second goal.
A constant and lively threat down the right flank and kept up with the attack well to find himself on the scoresheet.
Involved in everything positive in City's play. Found space for key passes and popped up all over the midfield and attack lines to great effect.
In for Fernandinho and he provided an anchor role for Toure to buzz around. Got City going with interceptions in the middle but does not have the Brazilian's enterprise.
Decided the game in favour of City as his goal lifted the hosts from their slump. It was a leader's goal and indicative of the power the Ivorian possesses.
Was not the most convincing of finishes in the first half but got a goal nonetheless. The Bosnia striker is in fine goalscoring form.
Not his greatest day in front of goal as he missed his fair share of chances but was involved in some bright City play.
To his credit, he made a number of good saves and without him, the deficit could have been heavier.
K. Théophile Catherine
Proved to be a good outlet for Cardiff as his assuredness in possession offered some respite and options. His ball up the line prompted their first-half goal.
Could have been sent off with the game less than a minute old and was also given a thorough examination by Navas.
Almost scored an own goal and was not close enough to Dzeko for the City forward's goal. Struggled.
Made some good interceptions inside his own area but Cardiff were defending too deep for their own good.
Was guilty of giving the ball away when Cardiff sought to retain possession. Replaced early in the second half.
Tasked with holding the fort in front of the back four but allowed midfield runners in behind too frequently.
Made the most of the ball when it came his way. Scored a brilliant goal to pull his side level and gave Kolarov and Demichelis something to think about. Lively and positive.
Was crunched in one exchange with Negredo but made a tidy contribution to Noone's goal with a neat flick.
The pick of the bunch on the Cardiff side. Imposed himself physically and sought to get his team going with positive play from midfield. Eye-catching display.
Too lightweight to get any change from Kompany and Demichelis. Unsuited to the role asked of him but popped up with a goal.