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Cardiff City player ratings as Will Vaulks produces excellent display off the bench against Birmingham City

Cardiff City came away with a point against Birmingham City thanks to Will Vaulks successfully hammering home a late penalty. Here’s how the Bluebirds rated:

Dillon Phillips 7

Made a succession of really good saves in the first half from some decent strikes. Put his body on the line once or twice collecting balls in the air, too.

Mark McGuinness 6

Produced a horror challenge on Onel Hernandez, for which away fans wanted to see red, but it was just a caution. Made a couple of decent, last-gasp clearances.

Curtis Nelson 7

Was once again probably the best of the central defenders. Booked for a poor challenge on Gary Gardner in the second half after Doyle sold him short with a pass.

Read more: Will Vaulks hits late leveller from the penalty spot against Birmingham City

Oliver Denham 6

Still needs to fill out a bit, getting beaten too often in the air from crosses. Onel Hernandez had the better of him on occasion, too. Otherwise decent enough.

Cody Drameh 6

Had a couple of poor moments defensively, which isn’t like him, but also some decent opportunities in attack, too. Smashed one close-range effort straight at Etheridge.

Ryan Wintle 6

Didn’t really notice him do much in the first half, ticking play over as is the norm for him. Taken off at the break.

Eli King 6

A big test for the youngster. Juninho Bacuna’s pass was played through him for Jeremie Bela’s goal and lost possession once or twice. Hooked at half-time.

Tommy Doyle 6

His poor free-kick led to the counter-attack for Bela’s goal. Linked up play well enough and hit a lovely 30-yard free-kick straight at Etheridge. Hobbled off with an injury.

Perry Ng 7

A far brighter performance from the wing-back, popping up with a couple of decent efforts on goal.

Jordan Hugill 6

As ever, gave his all and ran himself into the ground Scored a lovely goal before being given offside. A decent outing.

Mark Harris 6

A frustrating one, because he looked sharp and harried from the front, getting into some decent positions throughout. But his end product just let him down a little.

Subs

Rubin Colwill (King 45) 6 – Did OK but nothing to write home about. Tidy enough in possession but didn’t light it up as he has the ability to.

Will Vaulks (Wintle 45) 8 (star man) – Looked very good when he came on. Fired off a few shots and sprayed some lovely passes about, smashed home a penalty and caused lots of problems.

Max Watters (Doyle 77) 7 – Another bright cameo. Won the penalty and created a couple of decent chances late on.

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