Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 1 Cardiff City

It was a game of a two halves at Hillsborough as Cardiff City are still yet to win away since late November. Both teams only had 1 league win in the whole of 2015 and were looking to get their second but unfortunately for Stuart Gray and Russell Slade’s men, it wasn’t to be.

The game was brought to life in the first 10 minutes with a ball wide to Malone, sent high and long into the box, over the heads of Dielna, Lees, then Joe Mattock who was completely on the wrong side of Kenwyne Jones was punished for his mistake and the newly re-named “Bluebirds” were 1-0 up at Hillsborough. Then only 10 minutes later Eoin Doyle was agonisingly close to doubling the lead but his shot was wide of Keiren Westwood’s goal. The half-time whistle went and Sheffield Wednesday were booed off as they were 1-0 down to the visitors.

Second half came and after about 30 seconds Claude Dielna’s long ball found Stevie May who was onside and free from any defenders, took a shot and the whole of Hillsborough took a deep breath and the ball rattled the post. Finally, The Owls got the breakthrough they needed. New signing, Romanian Sergiu Bus was brought down in the box by full-back Scott Malone. A bit of talk between May and Keane but Will Keane eventually stepped up for the penalty. In front of the Kop he smashed the ball into the net and Sheffield Wednesday were level. Wednesday kept pressing but it wasn’t to be as Simon Moore made a world class save from a Lewis McGugan strike. The whistle came and it seemed like both teams were content for a point. But they will both need 3 points on Tuesday night if they are to keep their play-offs hopes alive.

Sheffield Wednesday

Keiren Westwood – Not really many saves to make in the game for the Irishman. Standard performance. 6.6
Marnick Vermijl Decent debut from the ex Red Devil. Shaky start but got into the game well in the second half. 6.7
Claude Dielna  “Hooooooof” could be heard from the travelling fans every time he kicked it. Didn’t look anywhere near as good as he does when he plays left back. 6.2
Tom Lees Captained the team for the first time today and looked as calm as ever. Good performance from Lees 6.9
Joe Mattock Not a great day for Joe, got the wrong side of Kenwyne Jones and when that happens he is likely to punish, and that is exactly what he did. 5.8
Chris Maguire Frustrating day at the office for Chris, giving the ball away too much in his own half and picking up his 10th yellow card of the season leaving him out of the next two games. 6.0
Sam Hutchinson Didn’t really notice anything big from Hutchinson out there today. A chance missed in the second half was his highlight. 6.5
Kieran Lee Not a bad performance in the first and second half. Made good passes and won most aerial battles he faced. 6.9
Jeremy Helan Tough day for Jeremy Helan as you could tell he was frustrated with his end product, he made brilliant runs but 9/10 crosses weren’t poor and also got the home fans frustrated. 6.6
Will Keane I believe Keane deserves a lot of credit for his goal today. You could argue that it was only a penalty but to have 20k+ Owls fans watching you and with it being in front of the Kop he handled it very well. 7.4
Stevie May His goal is coming. Missed a sitter after about a minute into the second half which would of destroyed his confidence other than that he made great space but the midfielders just don’t seem to get the ball to him. 6.7

Substitutions

Jose Semedo A lot of Wednesday fans will be wondering why he didn’t start. Came on at half time and got the Cardiff players very frustrated played very well in front of the defence and going forward. Credit to Stuart Gray for making the substitution when he did. 7.0
Sergiu Bus Substitutes are all about making an impact, especially if it’s your first game for your new club. That’s exactly what Bus did. winning a penalty after being on the pitch for only 10 minutes which Will Keane coolly slotted home. 6.8
Lewis McGugan Played the last 15 minutes of the game, had a pile driver effort saved excellently by Simon Moore. N/A

Cardiff City

 

Simon Moore Brilliant Performance from the ‘keeper, made some excellent saves in the second half to keep the game at 1-1. Also won everything in the air. 7.3
Lee Peltier Decent game from Peltier kept Helan quiet before being eventually substituted in the second half. 6.7
Bruno Ecuele Manga Class act at the back. Won absolutely everything in the air and controlled the game from the back. Man of the match worthy performance 8.2
Sean Morrison had a decent game, won the majority of headers but was out paced a few times and sending some long balls that were hopeless. 6.8
Scott Malone His foul led to Will Keane’s goal in the second half. Had a solid first half and got the assist for Jones’ goal. Frustrated Maguire and got past him a lot. 7.1
Stuart O’Keefe Only his second appearance in Cardiff shirt but had a solid game in midfield. Seems like a coup from Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace 6.9
Aron Gunnarsson Captained the side for this game and had a decent game. Held his ground well in the midfield. 6.7
Peter Whittingham  Another decent game for Whittingham, didn’t really get the chances he usually does but he was strong in midfield. 6.6
Eoin Doyle Good debut from Doyle. Played well and was very close to doubling Cardiff’s lead in the first half. Picked up a silly yellow card though for sticking a leg in front of Westwood’s free kick. 6.8
Conor McAleny Very Quiet game from Conor. Didn’t seem to get into the game before finally being substituted with 10 minutes to go. 6.2
Kenwyne Jones Opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a lovely guided header. Was quiet after that. 7.1

Substitutions

Matthew Connolly Was quiet when he came on for Peltier, didn’t offer much on the right side. 6.3
Alex Revell  Came on for Eoin Doyle with 25 minutes to go. Was quiet and couldn’t get hold of the ball because of The Owls keeping it in Cardiff’s half. 6.3
Craig Noone Only a brief appearance from the winger. Didn’t make an impact on the game. N/A

Man of the Match

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Bruno Ecuele Manga A cracking performance at the back and won every single header, made a lot of composed passes which gave Cardiff a lot of options as he was always looking for the full backs or wingers. Rarely made a mistake and will definitely be frustrated his hard work didn’t end up with 3 points for his team out there today.  8.2


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