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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Cardiff City

Fernando Forestieri
Fernando Forestieri's winner against Cardiff City was his 12th goal of the season

Sheffield Wednesday held on to their Championship play-off place as Fernando Forestieri's late goal beat Cardiff.

The hosts went closest in a goalless first half as Cardiff goalkeeper Allan McGregor pushed Ross Wallace's shot on to the post.

Substitute Forestieri made Wednesday's pressure count as he headed in after McGregor had saved from Jordan Rhodes.

Despite Fulham's win at Norwich, Carlos Carvalhal's side stay sixth in the table, while Cardiff remain 14th.

A slow start to the game saw both sides struggle to settle, and McGregor's save from Wallace was the only real chance before half-time.

Cardiff, with little to play for in mid-table, frustrated their opponents and showed a flicker of attacking intent as Joe Ralls had a shot comfortably saved by Keiren Westwood.

While the score remained goalless and Fulham took a 2-0 lead at Norwich, Wednesday found themselves outside of the play-off places.

That prompted Carvalhal to make changes, and two of his substitutions had a decisive impact.

Rhodes' powerful shot was saved by McGregor, but Forestieri followed up with a diving header to clinch a third successive league win for Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"I just want to say we did a fantastic performance against Newcastle, winning, and we did a fantastic victory against Cardiff, winning again.

"I think in the second half people were a little nervous, one period or another, but our fans were amazing again.

"Everybody understood that we must be patient in this moment and we achieve a goal and this is the most important."

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock told BBC Radio Wales:

"I'm disappointed. I've never felt more comfortable at Hillsborough. Other than the shot in the first half, I didn't think we were troubled.

"We had some good opportunities which we didn't take advantage of. Other than that, I was quite pleased - just disappointed with the goal.

"When they put Rhodes and Forestieri on, we haven't spent a penny. You look at the sort of money they've spent and they're sixth in the league, so it's got to give us a lot of confidence that we can improve in the summer.

"They're sixth in the league and I don't know how they've come away with a win."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 39Sasso
  • 36Pudil
  • 33Wallace
  • 3JonesSubstituted forForestieriat 62'minutes
  • 41Bannan
  • 9Reach
  • 14HooperSubstituted forRhodesat 54'minutes
  • 6FletcherSubstituted forNuhiuat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 10McManaman
  • 16Palmer
  • 17Rhodes
  • 24Semedo
  • 44Nuhiu
  • 45Forestieri

Cardiff

  • 1McGregor
  • 6Richards
  • 4Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3Bennett
  • 15HalfordSubstituted forNooneat 86'minutes
  • 33HoilettBooked at 42minsSubstituted forPilkingtonat 86'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8RallsSubstituted forWhittinghamat 88'minutes
  • 24K Harris
  • 26Zohore

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 13Pilkington
  • 16Connolly
  • 19Lambert
  • 28Murphy
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
28,007

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

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

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Offside, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore tries a through ball, but Anthony Pilkington is caught offside.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday).

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday).

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Foul by Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday).

Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Peter Whittingham replaces Joe Ralls.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Greg Halford.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Junior Hoilett.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Cardiff City 0. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bennett (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

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

Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Wallace following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Joe Bennett (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Steven Fletcher.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Attempt missed. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Bennett.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Greg Halford (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

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

Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

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2Newcastle42267975363985
3Huddersfield41245125348577
4Leeds422271356401673
5Reading41227125657-173
6Sheff Wed422191254411372
7Fulham4219131075532270
8Derby421711144845362
9Preston421613136154761
10Norwich42179167365860
11Brentford421781769591059
12Aston Villa411513134340358
13Barnsley421511166059156
14Cardiff421510175659-355
15Ipswich421216144552-752
16Wolves41149185154-351
17QPR42148204857-950
18Bristol City42138215562-747
19Birmingham421114174261-1947
20Nottm Forest42129215667-1145
21Burton421112194257-1545
22Blackburn421013194863-1543
23Wigan421010223853-1540
24Rotherham4246323694-5818
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