Cardiff City are still undefeated at home as Sol Bamba rescued a point in a draw against Sheffield Wednesday at the Cardiff City stadium. Gary Hooper opened the scoring before a dramatic finish to the game.
Wednesday’s possession in the first half was rewarded when Joost van Aken slipped Adam Reach down the wing, who crossed for Gary Hooper to score for the fourth game in a row. This was the Owls’ only real chance of the half.
The second half was more even and Wednesday sat back more, to try and secure the three points. Keiren Westwood and the Wednesday defence were holding on.
A rare counter saw Steven Fletcher played through by Van Aken, but under pressure and off balance, he put the chance wide.
Late pressure saw substitute Jacob Butterfield give away a free-kick and Bamba slotted home after Keiren Westwood saved Lee Tomlin’s effort.
Both teams made one change for the match. Craig Bryson was in for Loic Damour for Cardiff and Daniel Pudil for Ross Wallace, as the Owls chased a third straight win.
The first half was dominated by the visitors. Wednesday kept possession and played at a slow pace against a Cardiff City team that counter-attack with pace.
The first chance of the game fell to the visitors, as Steven Fletcher shot from well outside the box, went over the bar. Aron Gunnarsson and Kenneth Zohore both had shots saved before Hooper’s header on the 39th minute gave the Owls the lead.
For all Wednesday’s possession they only had two shots on target. After the break Steven Fletcher fired wide in the box, in what would have surely secured the win.
Cardiff were starting to get more crosses into the box and Kenneth Zohore headed over from a Joe Bennett cross.
In the 94th minute Cardiff were awarded a free-kick. Up stepped Lee Tomlin, whose effort was saved by Keiren Westwood, but Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was first to react to set up Bamba for the equaliser.
Wednesday could not hold on for the win and are now 9th in the table. Cardiff move down a place to 3rd.