Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Cardiff City 1.
Sheffield Wed 1-1 Cardiff City
Will Keane's second-half penalty saw Sheffield Wednesday come from behind to deny visiting Cardiff City victory.
It had seemed that Kenwyne Jones' early first-half header, converting Scott Malone's cross, would give Cardiff boss Russell Slade a much-needed win.
But when Owls substitute Sergiu Bus was sent tumbling by Matthew Connolly in the area, Keane scored from the spot.
The result ensured Wednesday did not allow chairman Milan Mandaric to bow out on a losing note.
Mandaric rescued Wednesday from administration when he took control in December 2010, but last week sold 100% of his shares to Dejphon Chansiri, whose family owns the Thai Union Frozen Group.
Chris Maguire had almost given Wednesday the perfect start when his shot was turned away by Cardiff goalkeeper Simon Moore, but instead it was the visitors who struck first.
Bluebirds defender Malone crossed from deep on the left and Jones, despite being off-balance, deftly steered an angled header beyond Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and inside the far post.
Cardiff's new signing Eoin Doyle looked bright in attack but could not open his account for the Welsh side, as they ended a run of four straight defeats.
Wednesday enjoyed decent attacking spells, with Maguire, Stevie May and Sam Hutchinson all going close.
But it took the introduction of forward Bus, signed this week from CSKA Sofia, to make the breakthrough as the Romanian was shoved over in the area by Connolly and Keane - on loan from Manchester United - converted the resulting spot-kick.
Wednesday threatened to snatch all three points in a rousing finish, but Moore stood firm to deny Owls substitute Lewis McGugan and Tom Lees' point-blank header.
Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:
"I should be talking about three points because we dominated the second half. We'd got them penned in and the only thing you're worrying about then is maybe getting done on a counter-attack.
"As we saw, our final ball on this pitch can cause you problems, for ourselves, and probably for the punters in the stand as well."
On the club's new owners, he added: "If the figures are right, you'd imagine these people have got some clout.
"When you've heard the chairman speaking, he's handing it over to proper football people who want to get into the Premier League, like I do and the players do."
Cardiff manager Russell Slade:
"Matthew Connolly has got his hands up but he didn't touch him and it's a really poor penalty decision from our point of view.
"But our attitude was first class from the start. Arguably we were the better side first half, creating a couple of openings, and (showing) our desire and character, our togetherness.
"We were under a lot of pressure for the last 10 or 15 minutes, but we stood firm and I was pleased with that."
- 3MattockSubstituted forBusat 63'minutes
- 10MaguireBooked at 27minsSubstituted forSemedoat 45'minutes
- 20LeeSubstituted forMcGuganat 76'minutes
- 4HutchinsonBooked at 90mins
- 2PeltierSubstituted forConnollyat 67'minutes
- 5Ecuele Manga
- 17GunnarssonBooked at 90mins
- 7WhittinghamBooked at 37mins
- 13DoyleBooked at 60minsSubstituted forRevellat 65'minutesBooked at 85mins
- 9JonesBooked at 90mins
- 15McAlenySubstituted forNooneat 83'minutes
- 3da Silva
- 40K Harris
- Kevin Wright
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Cardiff City 1.
Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).
Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.
Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).
Scott Malone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Sergiu Bus (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Keane with a headed pass.
Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).
Attempt missed. Will Keane (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stevie May.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Alex Revell (Cardiff City) because of an injury.
Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).
Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.