Sheffield Wednesday: Goal hero Hooper believes Owls have put play-off rivals on notice

Gary Hooper celebrates one of his two goals against Cardiff
Gary Hooper celebrates one of his two goals against Cardiff

Gary Hooper believes Sheffield Wednesday’s performance against Cardiff City will have made their play-off rivals sit up and take notice.

Hooper scored twice and forced an own goal as Wednesday triumphed 3-0 over the Welsh outfit to secure their place in the top six.

While the striker agreed with head coach Carlos Carvalhal’s assertion that the Owls are underdogs heading into the play-offs, he believes they will be seen as a major threat after sweeping aside the Bluebirds with relative ease.

“We are underdogs in a way,” Hooper said. “But everyone will be looking at us after our performance today.

“If we play our own game, we can give anyone a real game.

“I do think we can win promotion.

“We’ve got the squad. We play our own game.

“We create chances and we keep a few clean sheets.”

Wednesday started superbly but tailed off midway through the first half as Cardiff – needing a win to keep their faint top six hopes alive – roared back.

But after the break the Owls were in full control and ran out comfortable winners.

Hooper admitted he felt Wednesday were due such a dominant performance following their recent run of games without a win.

“I enjoyed it,” Hooper said of the game. “From start to finish I thought we were on top, played really well and we kicked on in the second half.

“We were due one of those performances.

“We got a good draw against Derby but we kicked on today.

“We played our own game.

“I thought we pressed really well and worked really hard.

“Now we go to Wolves knowing we’re in the play-offs and we can kick on.”

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