Last-minute sickener as Owls held to draw

Wednesday suffered the agony of conceding an injury-time equaliser as we left Cardiff with just one point and dropped out of the play-off places.

Gary Hooper had put us ahead with a first-half header from an excellent Adam Reach cross and we looked to have weathered a Cardiff fightback after the interval, until the home side struck in the fifth minute of the minimum four minutes of added time to make it 1-1.

Jacob Butterfield was judged to have fouled on the edge of the penalty area, Keiren Westwood clawed out the resulting free kick from Lee Tomlin but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing seized on the loose ball and Sol Bamba was on hand to turn in the resulting cross.

The late drama also sees Wednesday slip to ninth place on 13 points – four behind leaders Leeds, Wolves and Cardiff.

We totally dominated the first-half but lacked a cutting edge in the last third at times, before Hooper struck with his header six minutes before the interval.

Neil Warnock presumably told his Cardiff side what he thought of their lacklustre display at half-time and the home side put us under far more pressure in the second half.

Steven Fletcher missed a good chance to make it 2-0 on 70 minutes. Joosh van Aken picked him out with an excellent 50-yard crossfield pass but the striker’s instant control was not matched by his finish as he shot wide.

That was a rare Wednesday threat after the break but, just when we looked to have ridden out Cardiff’s second-half revival, they struck with that late, late goal. 

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