Two goals conceded in the first eight minutes set the scene for a hugely disappointing afternoon at Hillsborough as Wednesday went down to a 2-1 home defeat against Cardiff.
This second reverse inside three days sees us slip to sixth place, hanging on to that final play-off position on 39 points and ahead of Preston on goal difference. Fulham are now in third spot on 42 points but such is the tightness – or mediocrity – of the division that this is only six points clear of Blackburn in 13th.
Wednesday, looking to bounce back from throwing away victory in added time at Stoke, began just as we had finished on Boxing Day and found ourselves two goals down before the 10-minute mark.
We were caught sleeping on both occasions, Robert Glatzel and Junior Hoilett scoring from inside the box as Cardiff opened up our defence with ease.
Sam Winnall and Barry Bannan both went close to pulling a goal back before Tom Lees did so, scoring with a far post header on 18 minutes.
Wednesday continued to gradually recover from such a shocking start but failed to create many more clear-cut openings in the rest of the half and, likewise, any hopes of a second-half revival failed to materialise with further goalbound chances few and far between.
Jacob Murphy tested Neil Etheridge from long range but that was a rare scare for Cardiff. Despite Wednesday having plenty of the ball and 18 efforts, only three were on target and an injury-time shot from Atdhe Nuhiu that flew just wide concluded a day to forget for the Owls.
Dawson, Palmer (Börner 63), Iorfa (Rhodes 58), Lees, Fox, Reach, Harris, Bannan, Hutchinson, Murphy (Nuhiu 79), Winnall. Unused subs: Wildsmith, Lee, Pelupessy, Odubajo. Att: 25,358.