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Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Cardiff City: Impressive Bluebirds stun Monk's men

Cardiff City striker Robert Glatzel in action against Sheffield Wednesday
Robert Glatzel joined Cardiff City from German side Heidenheimon in July 2019

Cardiff secured their first win in five games with an impressive victory at promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday.

Neil Harris' side scored two goals in a rip-roaring opening eight minutes through Robert Glatzel and Junior Hoilett

Tom Lees pulled one back for Wednesday, who suffered their second successive loss after defeat at Stoke.

Garry Monk's men dropped down to sixth while Cardiff moved up one spot to 10th, two points off the top six.

It was Wednesday's first home league loss since August and only Cardiff's second away win of the season in the Championship.

Wednesday had two early chances but it was Cardiff who went ahead inside five minutes with Lee Tomlin's free-kick finding Glatzel, who scored his fourth of the season with a low finish.

Sam Lees scores for Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday responded to Cardiff's two early goals through Tom Lees' header

Three minutes later Tomlin was again involved in Cardiff's second goal and after combining with Jazz Richards his low cross was turned in by Hoilett.

Richards, in for the injured Lee Peltier, showed his worth at the other end by blocking Sam Winnall's effort before Neil Etheridge's excellent save denied Barry Bannan.

But Wednesday hit back and captain Lees reduced the deficit on 18 minutes as he rose higher than anyone to head home Bannan's corner.

Cardiff's hopes were disrupted by injuries to Joe Bennett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing but they held on to their lead and Glatzel came close to adding a third before the break.

Wednesday searched for an equaliser after the interval with Adam Reach firing over the crossbar and Jacob Murphy denied by Etheridge.

Atdhe Nuhiu broke clear for the hosts in injury time but under pressure from the impressive Sol Bamba he fired wide and Cardiff held on to secure a first league win over the Owls since September 2014.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought we started the game well, opening them up a few times. But it was two poor goals, from our point of view, that we conceded.

"Cardiff set up then to make it very difficult for us to break them down. A few things didn't help us - a lot of timewasting, a lot of stoppages - but we lacked that final edge to get an equaliser.

"The effort was there but we didn't help ourselves with the two goals against us."

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris said:

"I'm very pleased. We had to deal with some adversity as well and in a strange way being 2-0 up early on brings the downfall that you can be complacent.

"We had to rely on a few blocks and good saves from Neil Etheridge at 2-0 and then we concede and lose two players to injury within five minutes and had to reshuffle and go to a back five.

"You're asking a lot of the players but testament to the players' character. I'm really pleased with the group of players and the two goals we scored were outstanding."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Dawson
  • 2PalmerSubstituted forBörnerat 63'minutes
  • 27IorfaSubstituted forRhodesat 58'minutes
  • 15Lees
  • 3Fox
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 10Bannan
  • 14MurphySubstituted forNuhiuat 80'minutes
  • 20Reach
  • 7K HarrisBooked at 51mins
  • 11Winnall

Substitutes

  • 5Lee
  • 6Rhodes
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 13Börner
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 22Odubajo
  • 28Wildsmith

Cardiff

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Etheridge
  • 21RichardsBooked at 67mins
  • 5Flint
  • 16Nelson
  • 3BennettSubstituted forVaulksat 36'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 15Pack
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forBambaat 42'minutes
  • 17TomlinSubstituted forPatersonat 83'minutes
  • 33HoilettBooked at 61mins
  • 9Glatzel

Substitutes

  • 6Vaulks
  • 11Murphy
  • 12Smithies
  • 13Paterson
  • 22Bamba
  • 23Ward
  • 24Madine
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
25,385

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Cardiff City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Cardiff City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

  6. Post update

    Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Aden Flint (Cardiff City).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Callum Paterson replaces Lee Tomlin.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Lee Tomlin (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

  13. Post update

    Robert Glatzel (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Jacob Murphy.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Cardiff City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Sam Winnall tries a through ball, but Jacob Murphy is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Fox.