Cardiff vs Sheff Wed
Sky Bet Ch’boat
7:45pm Friday 18th October
Cardiff City Stadium
Lee Tomlin struck a contentious equaliser because he secured a stage for Cardiff in a 1-1 draw.
Owls defender Julian Borner scored his first goal for the team midway through the first half, when his first shot flick took Kadeem Harris’ shot beyond Neil Etheridge (19), but the visitors failed to build on their early dominance at the Cardiff City Stadium.
They had been also punished three minutes at the time, when Tomlin came off the bench to win a contentious free-kick – afterwards he seemed to filthy Massimo Luongo – that he superbly discharged beyond goalkeeper Cameron Dawson (87), that appeared to be distracted by Aden Flint leaping about and waving in an offside position.
Victory by a margin would have shipped Garry Monk’s guys top of the table, yet the late drama means they now move up with Cardiff.
As is frequently true following an global break, the speed of this match from south Wales took some time to grow, but when it failed, Wednesday would be the dominant force and they controlled the game.
Ex-Bluebird Harris appeared intent and drove across the bar from a tight angle 12 minutes , but he accidentally provided the help of the opening goal.
Not that it was a help, however. Cardiff failed to handle a Barry Bannan corner, so allowing the winger period to flex a shot goalwards; Borner had the last say, though, deftly flicking the ball beyond returning goalkeeper Etheridge.
Harris stopped an equaliser when he uttered the ball and then that he also continued his display with a free-kick in distance that hauled off the crossbar and only dipped late.
Cardiff were introduced a lot of chances with their opponents, who surrendered set-piece following set-piece, along with their luck looked to be running out if they were denied two penalties, presumably following a tussle between Flint and Liam Palmer and then when Sam Hutchinson appeared to handle inside the region.
The performance from the hosts left plenty to be desirable, however the introduction of Gavin Whyte and Tomlin supplied the injection of power to induce something in an showing from Neil Warnock’s side.
Plus it had been Tomlin who did the honours, placing the ball to the best of Dawson, who had been diverted by Flint’s antics and winning the free-kick 25 metres from goal, to earn a point for the Bluebirds.
As was the case with his aim, naming Tomlin as man of the match may be contentious, but the fact is that he used to be the strongest player of Cardiff even though spending only a mere 19 minutes to the pitch in south Wales.
The 30-year-old – along with Whyte – inserted his end to get its late equaliser and the spark in attack was just sublime.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock:”We could not break them down differently and I believed the changes were great tonight. In the first half we needed to change tactics and that I believed Wardy (Danny Ward) did give us something else, as did Tommo and Gavin who led as well in the finish.
“Talking about Flint, we were disappointed that he did not get a penalty, if I’m honest. But referees have to start positioning themselves a little better for free-kicks such as that since you get hauled back every game nowadays.”
Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk:”I think to the first 55 minutes of the match we had good control that we desired. You must do you also know you wish to turn into this conflict that is physical and this since it’s a tough place to come. At the first 55, by controlling the ball, we managed to do this , but after that first 10 minutes of the second half, we let them shoot over with this particular physicality.
“I am a bit disappointed with the free-kick and also the lead up to itbut all in all, it’s a point and we deserved that, if not more.”
Tomlin’s late equaliser came in contentious conditions, but should it have stood? Owls stopper Dawson was apparently worked against by the distraction tactics of flint and Monk provided his ideas after the full-time whistle.
“At that time, I felt we could have coped with the lead up into the free-kick better but I didn’t know about Flint jumping. He is jumping up and down; he has even looked in the’keeper where he’s to make sure it’s a distraction he does it to see.
“Jumping together with your arms and performing a starfish jump needs become a distraction. I really don’t understand that is not offside or hindrance. He is clearly offside and seeking to interfere with the goalkeeper’s eyeline, however, there’s nothing we can do about it”
Both sides are next in action on Tuesday during the midweek round of EFL fixtures. Cardiff travel to The Den to confront Millwall, at a game while Sheffield Wednesday host Stoke at Hillsborough, at a match live on Sky Sports Action live on Sky Sports Football Red Button. Both fixtures arrive below at 7.45pm.
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