Sheffield Wednesday slipped to their first away defeat in the Championship this season, losing 2-1 at managerless Cardiff City.
Goals either side of half-time from Sean Morrison and Anthony Pilkington secured the Bluebirds’ fourth successive victory over the Owls. The visitors equalised just after the interval courtesy of an own goal by Sean Morrison.
Victory is Cardiff’s first in six matches in all competitions and their fifth in a row at home against Wednesday.
With former Owls loanee Kenwyne Jones ploughing a lonely furrow up front, Cardiff struggled to string anything together in the early skirmishes.
In a rare foray forward, Aron Gunnarsson dragged an effort well wide after the visitors only partially cleared a free-kick by Peter Whittingham.
Anthony Pilkington fired a free-kick from distance over the top after a clumsy foul by Liam Palmer but Cardif, without a manager following Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s departure, looked a team bereft of confidence and direction, particularly in the final third.
Nonetheless, Westwood had to come to the visitors rescue in the 25th minute. He, from point blank range, produced a fine save to keep out Gunnarsson’s powerful header after a dangerous cross by Anthony Pilkington. Jones blazed the follow up, from an acute angle, over the bar.
Joe Mattock became the first player to be shown a yellow card after he handled Matt Daehli’s pass. From the resulting free-kick, Cardiff took a deserved lead, with Sean Morrison powering home Whittingham’s superb inswinging delivery.
The equaliser visibly lifted the visitors and the momentum was all of a sudden with them, with May dragging a shot wide following another rapid counter attack.
The diminutive forward spurned a glorious opportunity to complete the turnaround, firing inches off target after a teasing cross by Palmer.
Cardiff soaked up the pressure and enjoyed a good little spell themselves before the hour mark. Whittingham and Gunnarsson drilled wide before Pilkington’s venemous strike was turned away by Westwood.
However, Pilkington slammed in Cardiff’s second after he latched on to Jones’ clever knock down.
Gray threw on loanees Royston Drenthe and Hallam Hope to try and spark a response from Wednesday.
It took a fine tackle by Sean Morrison to prevent Nuhiu from having a sight at goal in the 69th minute.
Wednesday huffed and puffed in the latter stages but failed to create a meaningful opportunity to unlock Cardiff’s defence for a second time.
It was, in fact, Cardiff, who look to set appoint Russell Slade as their boss, who came closest to adding to their tally, with substitute Ravel Morrison seeing his right foot drive crash into the side-nettting.
Cardiff, relegated from the Premier League last season, resisted the temptation to hand a debut to new loan signing Ravel Morrison.
Cardiff: Marshall; Brayford, S Morrison, Manga, Fabio; Pilkington, Gunnarsson, Whittingham, Noone; Daehli, Jones. Substitutes: Moore, Le Fondre, Macheda, Adeyemi, Ralls, R Morrison, James.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood; Palmer, Buxton, Loovens, Mattock; Maguire, Semedo, Coke, Maghoma; May, Nuhiu; Substitutes: Kirkland; Drenthe, Hope, Madine, Dielna, McCabe, Helan.