11 interceptions, 17 clearances - Cardiff's £5m man impresses against Derby

Bruno Ecuele Manga received the man of the match award in Cardiff City's draw with Derby County.

The Gabonese international completed a £5 million move to the Cardiff City Stadium during the summer, signing from Ligue 1 side FC Lorient.

The 26-year-old made his debut for the Bluebirds on Tuesday, playing 90 minutes as Cardiff fell to a 1-0 home defeat in Ole Gunna Solskjaer’s last game as manager.

He went on to start at the iPro Stadium on Saturday, playing an important role in Cardiff securing a tough fought 2-2 draw with Derby County. Despite leading 2-0 with just 30 minutes remaining, the Bluebirds succumbed to intense pressure and conceded twice - to leave Derbyshire with just one point.

Cardiff showed little in the manner of domination, and their memorable rearguard performance was in thanks to Manga - who dominated the central defensive position.

  PositionMatchMins PlayedGoals ConcededError Leading To GoalSuccessful BlocksClearancesInterceptionTackles WonFouls Committed
Bruno Ecuele Manga DF Derby vs Cardiff 90 2 0 2 17 11 2 1

As can be seen, Manga completed the entire 90 minutes, being on the pitch when Cardiff conceded both goals.

However, he was at fault for neither, and he prevented a number of Derby’s 18 shots finding the target, completing two successful blocks, 17 clearances and 11 interceptions.

Manga’s game high number of defensive clearances dwarfed any others player’s contribution to the game - with only the 26-year-old reaching double figures.

A number of players completed more tackles than Manga, with his two successful tackles one of the lowest during the game, but he was the most conservative with his attempted tackles - committing just one foul.

Manga’s contribution during the draw with Derby shows a steady progression in his form following his debut in Wales. In the 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough, the Gabonese defender failed to complete as many defensive actions, but he still put in the strongest performance of any of the Bluebirds back-line.

It shows a promising start to Manga’s career in Wales, and if he can continue to put in performances of such a high manner, his £5 million price tag will be paid off in a very short amount of time.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch