Lethargic Owls slump to defeat at Cardiff

Wednesday turned in a desperately disappointing display as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at managerless Cardiff.

The home team were clearly lacking in confidence after recent results and looked there for the taking. However, we lacked creativity, aggression and a cutting edge going forward and, coupled with sloppy defending at the other end, allowed Cardiff to collect all three points.

The best opening fell to Stevie May early on but, after rounding keeper David Marshall, he saw his shot cleared off the line by covering defender Fabio.

The home side had rarely troubled us but took the lead on 38 minutes when we failed to pick up Sean Morrison from a free kick and the unmarked defender headed home.

Wednesday hit back with an early goal in the second half when Chris Maguire’s low cross was turned into his own net by goalscorer Morrison.

That sparked a short spell of pressure but the only real opening fell to May who turned the ball just wide when he might have done better.

And Cardiff clinched victory just after the hour, Anthony Pilkington firing the ball home after we failed to clear from inside our penalty area.

It was an all-round lethargic display from the Owls and Stuart Gray will surely be wanting to see a much-improved performance at home to Ipswich on Tuesday evening.

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