Cardiff Vs Sheffield Weds – Cardiff City lost their first game of the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship season as the Owls ran out 2-0 winners at Cardiff City Stadium.
Cardiff Vs Sheffield Weds
In the fourth minute of the game, Josh Windas opened the scoring for the visitors, finishing the ball into the city.
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Junior Hoilett’s play on Osei-Tutu gave the winger a good chance to score a few minutes later, however, the ball was not blocked by Moore and goalkeeper Cameron Dawson to go before him.
Pace continued to push for an equaliser, and a short pass from a free-kick put Ojo wide in the box. His low cross beat several defenders, Moore’s foot just inches away from scoring.
Will Wolks fired in on the back of Joe Bennett’s excellent shot to threaten Dawson on the quarter-hour mark as City went up with good run and movement.
Sean Morrison headed home Joe Ralls’ corner in the 30th minute before Windass threatened again on several occasions.
Cardiff City Vs. Sheffield Wednesday (english League Championship) (10/18/19)
However, Smithies rose to the occasion, curling a shot over the bar to claim his place, then denying the Owls from a corner.
Jordan Rhodes doubled the visitors’ lead two minutes before half-time, heading in at the far post from close range.
A free kick in injury time was City’s last chance before the break, Kiefer Moore heading wide at the far post from Joe Ralls’ curling cross.
And in the second half, substitutes Josh Murphy, Robert Glatzel and Lee Tomlin were introduced as the hosts looked for answers.
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Morrison threatened again on 70 minutes, but his half volley was saved by Dawson to turn the tide.
The fugitive produced two crucial challenges with ten minutes to go, initially combining well with Smithies to deny substitute Elias Kachunga before climbing over the opposition to lock the home in a corner.
Despite their best efforts, the Bluebirds were unable to breach the visitors’ defence, as the Owls took all three points from South Wales.
Cardiff City: Smithies, Osei-Tutu, Bennett, Morrison, Nelson, Volks, Bakuna, Ralls (Glatzel 58′), Ojo (Tomlin 64′), Hoilett (Murphy 58′), Moore. Subs: Day, Bamba, Paterson.
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Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Iorfa, Lees, Van Aken, Harris, Luongo, Brown, Bannan, Penny (Palmer 78′), Windassi (Kachunga 70′), Rhodes (66′). Subs: Wildsmith, Pelupessi, Dele-Bashiru, Shaw. Cardiff boss Neil Warnock plans to overhaul his squad after returning from the international break. The Bluebirds have a busy week, with a trip to Millwall followed by a derby clash at Swansea next Sunday, and Warnock said he plans to use his squad to get into the games.
Warnock will have goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and winger Junior Hoilett after returning safely from internationals in the Philippines and Canada. Joe Ralls is expected to return after missing two league games with a hamstring injury, while Ashley Richards and Isaac Wassell are out until November.
Sheffield Wednesday will be boosted by the return of suspended duo Fernando Forestieri and Sam Hutchinson. Liam Palmer and Atdhe Nouhiu are also available after returning to training after the international break.
Massimo Luongo has resumed full training after a knee problem but will not be fit enough to play in Cardiff. Captain Tom Lees continues to recover from an ankle injury and will be unavailable.
Match Report: Cardiff City 0 2 Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff have taken 13 of their 16 points at home this season, but their last game before the international break was a 4-2 win at West Brom. However, they won their match at Cardiff City Stadium 3-0 against QPR.
Garry Monk has had a great start to his career at Sheffield Wednesday, picking up 10 points from 15 so far. Their last game before the international break was a 1-0 win over Wigan at Hillsborough.
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said: “I think we can improve a lot but I’m just happy, apart from the simple mistakes we try to eliminate.
“I was very happy with many aspects of the game. I think we will have a good assessment (of our position) after the next five games.”
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk said: “I’ve met Neil a few times now. He’s one of the few managers who didn’t know me when I came into management, who called and emailed me and encouraged me in my first steps in management. .
“I will always be grateful for this, because it is important to its experts who took the time to help me manage and welcome me to the world of management. .
Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday start out of the sixth round on Friday night, but they can move into the play-off places with a positive result at Cardiff City Stadium.
But are they both true candidates for adoption? Cardiff have struggled on the road so far, so they are in mid-table and Wednesday is a work in progress under Monk – despite the good start he has enjoyed. This game is an opportunity to make a mark.
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Cardiff have not won in seven league games against Sheffield Wednesday (W0 D5 L2) since a 2-1 win in September 2014.
Sheffield Wednesday have not won any of their last eight league games against Cardiff since a 2-1 win at Brian Lowes in April 2007 (W0 D3 L5).
In the league, Cardiff (seven) have won more against Bristol City than Sheffield Wednesday (six – W3 D3 L0).
Only Preston North End (16) have won more home points than Cardiff City (13) this season.
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In his managerial career, Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has gone more unbeaten than Tony Pulis (five games) than Neil Warnock (four games), the only manager.
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Cardiff will be the ‘home’ team in this year’s competition, which is surprising as they have been very good on the road during the 2017/18 campaign.
Garry Monk has enjoyed his start to Sheffield Wednesday and has scored 10 points from five games. Despite Cardiff’s good home form, I fancy the Owls to win.
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