Championship
CardiffCardiff City2Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday2
Barry Bannan
Barry Bannan's equaliser was his first goal for Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday came back from two goals down at half-time to earn a point at fellow play-off hopefuls Cardiff.

Craig Noone put the hosts in front from the penalty spot after Tony Watt was fouled by Owls keeper Keiren Westwood.

Anthony Pilkington beat the offside trap from Joe Ralls' pass through, rounded Westwood and rolled in for 2-0.

But Fernando Forestieri brought his side back into it with a low drive, before Barry Bannan smashed home from Ross Wallace's cutback to level.

Bannan's first goal for Wednesday meant his side, now in eighth place, stayed level on points with the home side having lost just once in 14 league games.

Russell Slade's Bluebirds started the day in the top six, but dropped out following Ipswich's victory at MK Dons in the day's early kick-off.

After a slow opening at the Cardiff City Stadium, Watt broke through on goal, and Republic of Ireland keeper Westwood could only bring him down, allowing Noone to slot home his third of the season.

Joao came closest for Wednesday in the first half, but his effort from Liam Palmer's cross hit the post and landed into the arms of Cardiff keeper David Marshall.

Pilkington's brilliant effort doubled the lead, before Westwood denied Cardiff a third first-half goal with a superb save from Watt.

Kenwyne Jones then had a header ruled out for offside and Pilkington headed over unmarked from six yards.

Wednesday, who switched to a diamond formation after the break, were back in it when Forestieri opted to shoot with no passing options available.

And after Ross Wallace and Bannan both hit free-kicks just over the bar, the pair combined to bring the visitors level.

Noone almost grabbed a late winner for Cardiff, but Westwood was at his best to keep out his shot as Slade's side surrendered a two-goal lead for the second home game in a row - having done so against Burnley in November.

Cardiff boss Russell Slade:

"We had chances to kill the game off at the end of the first half and the start of the second half. But we looked open at times and for their goals we have simply not done our jobs.

"It is a balancing act we need to get right. It is not about any one man, we have to do the basics as a team.

"If you don't they prove costly. You have to get to the ball, close down, make a block and defend properly. It's about discipline."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal:

"In the second half we were excellent We came on strong, we began to attack and we got the goals back. It was an exciting finish and there were chances for both sides to score and win the game, but I think in the end a draw was the correct score.

"We are not normally that open and when we do that we know we are taking risks but we know we can score goals.

"As they say in Portugal, we put all our meat on the fire in that second half. It was a fantastic effort, the fitness of the players is fantastic.

"But more important than this is the soul and the spirit we have. It is a good sign for us if we can do that against a big team in this division."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierBooked at 4mins
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 72mins
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Malone
  • 11Noone
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 8RallsBooked at 71mins
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forda Silvaat 89'minutes
  • 33Watt
  • 9JonesSubstituted forAmeobiat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 7Whittingham
  • 14Macheda
  • 21Moore
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 38Ameobi

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 2Palmer
  • 3Turner
  • 5LoovensBooked at 78mins
  • 36Pudil
  • 33Wallace
  • 20LeeSubstituted forHooperat 45'minutes
  • 4HutchinsonSubstituted forLópezat 20'minutes
  • 41Bannan
  • 45Forestieri
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forNuhiuat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Nuhiu
  • 10McGugan
  • 14Hooper
  • 17Helan
  • 21López
  • 24Sougou
  • 28Wildsmith
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
14,526

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Lucas João.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by David Marshall.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Noone (Cardiff City).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Fabio replaces Anthony Pilkington.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

  13. Post update

    Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tony Watt (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Daniel Pudil.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.