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Cardiff held to draw by Sheffield Wednesday

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Junior Hoilett of Cardiff City is challenged by Sheffield Wednesday's Liam Palmer

Sheffield Wednesday climbed into the Championship play-off places with a draw which denied Neil Warnock a second win as Cardiff manager.

Cardiff led at half-time thanks to Peter Whittingham’s exquisite free-kick.

Daniel Pudil’s low strike brought the visitors level but they were thwarted by a stubborn defensive effort.

Wednesday are now sixth in the table, while Cardiff are up to 22th but still in the relegation zone.

Carlos Carvalhal’s side had their eyes on the play-off places following Sunday’s Yorkshire derby win at Huddersfield, while Cardiff had started Warnock’s reign with a stirring derby victory of their own against Bristol City on Friday.

Whittingham had given Cardiff the lead with a casually taken penalty on that occasion, and he was similarly insouciant as he curled a delicate free-kick over the wall to put them ahead against Wednesday.

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The visitors enjoyed as much as 78% possession in the first half but they were shackled by their industrious opponents, who could have scored a second goal moments before half-time when Sean Morrison’s header was cleared off the line.

Wednesday were sharper after the break and the introduction of Fernando Forestieri – who scored the winner at Huddersfield – brought pace and invention to their attacks.

Carvalhal’s side struck after 55 minutes, Gary Hooper’s fizzing cross finding its way to Pudil, whose low shot hit Cardiff goalkeeper Ben Amos on its way into the net.

They continued to dominate possession but found it difficult to create clear scoring opportunities against a resolute Bluebirds defence which dropped deeper to frustrate their opponents.

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 21Amos
  • 2Peltier
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 39mins
  • 14Bamba
  • 3Bennett
  • 11NooneSubstituted forPilkingtonat 62′minutes
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forO’Keefeat 85′minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8Ralls
  • 33Hoilett
  • 19LambertSubstituted forChamakhat 62′minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Pilkington
  • 15Richardson
  • 16Connolly
  • 22O’Keefe
  • 24Harris
  • 27Chamakh
  • 30Wilson

Sheff Wed

  • 1WestwoodSubstituted forDawsonat 33′minutes
  • 16Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 36Pudil
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forBuckleyat 75′minutes
  • 7AbdiSubstituted forForestieriat 45′minutes
  • 3Jones
  • 5LeeBooked at 45mins
  • 14Hooper
  • 9Reach

Substitutes

  • 12Loovens
  • 25Dawson
  • 26Emanuelson
  • 32Hunt
  • 38Buckley
  • 44Nuhiu
  • 45Forestieri
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
15,887

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Gary Hooper.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Offside, Cardiff City. Sean Morrison tries a through ball, but Junior Hoilett is caught offside.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

Marouane Chamakh (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Stuart O’Keefe replaces Peter Whittingham.

Foul by Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ben Amos (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Foul by Gary Hooper (Sheffield Wednesday).

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. William Buckley replaces Ross Wallace because of an injury.

Delay in match Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Sam Hutchinson.

Attempt missed. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Marouane Chamakh replaces Rickie Lambert.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Craig Noone.

Attempt missed. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Ross Wallace tries a through ball, but Daniel Pudil is caught offside.

Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Second Half

Second Half begins Cardiff City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri replaces Almen Abdi.

Half Time

First Half ends, Cardiff City 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City).

Offside, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham tries a through ball, but Junior Hoilett is caught offside.

goal

Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Cardiff held to draw by Sheffield Wednesday

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