Cardiff pair take heart after beating Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday

Cardiff City (16) v Sheffield Wednesday (6)

Manager-elect Russell Slade was among the crowd at Cardiff City Stadium as goals from Sean Morrison, who also put through his own net for Wednesday’s equaliser, and Anthony Pilkington gave the Welsh club a first win in six Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

Cardiff are working to agree a compensation package with Leyton Orient in order to appoint Slade as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s successor.

Should the 53-year-old be in charge in time for Tuesday’s trip to Brighton, Young feels he and former centre-half partner Gabbidon can reflect proudly on their work.

He said: “If it was our last game then it’s not a bad record really.

“We are unbeaten in the league, and we have taken four points out of six.

“We have enjoyed every minute of it and we will have conversations over the weekend with the owner and the chairman and see where we go from here.

“We all know winning breeds confidence and hopefully this result can do that for the squad.

“We have taken a point at Derby and we have won at home here, now it is important we get a result at Brighton because that will keep the confidence building.”

Morrison had opened the scoring with his first Cardiff goal six minutes before the break, powerfully heading home a pin-point Peter Whittingham free-kick.

But the ex-Reading man suffered the misfortune of beating David Marshall for the Owls’ equaliser as he steered Chris Maguire’s cross into the bottom corner three minutes into the second half.

But it did not prove a costly error as Pilkington also got off the mark in Cardiff colours, brilliantly controlling Kenwyne Jones’ header and sending a low shot beyond Keiren Westwood.

It left Owls boss Stuart Gray a frustrated figure, feeling his side had let a chance to continue their unbeaten away record in the league slip through their fingers.

“I thought if we had got our noses in front we would have won here as they would have been a bit nervous at home,” he said.

“I thought once we went to 1-1 there was only one team that was going to win it, but it shows that if you do not defend your 18-yard box properly you are going to concede.

“We also got into some great areas but our final ball was poor.

“I had three strikers on at the end there and not one of them had a decent chance to score because the end product was very disappointing.

“It is a pity, we have been solid and compact and we have tended to do things right in both boxes and we did not do much right in either.”