• Date: Sat 24 April 2010
  • Venue: Ninian Park
  • Ref: Taylor, P
  • Attendance: 23,304
Cardiff City

Cardiff City

Whittingham (17)

Bothroyd (54)

Bothroyd (81)

3 - 2
Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday

Johnson (15)

Tudgay (78)

Cardiff City vs Sheffield Wednesday

Team Lineups

Cardiff City

David Marshall
Kevin McNaughton
Tony Capaldi
Anthony Gerrard
Darcy Blake (Mark Hudson, 46)
Peter Whittingham
Stephen McPhail (Aaron Wildig, 66)
Joe Ledley
Kelvin Etuhu (Chris Burke, 59)
Michael Chopra
Jay Bothroyd

Sheffield Wednesday

Lee Grant
Tommy Spurr
Darren Purse
Mark Beevers
Eddie Nolan
Darren Potter
James O'Connor
Jermaine Johnson (Leon Clarke, 46)
Tom Soares (Francis Jeffers, 63)
Marcus Tudgay
Luke Varney (Etienne Esajas, 68)

Match Report
A first-half strike by Peter Whittingham and a double after the interval from Jay Bothroyd secured a 3-2 victory for Cardiff City which pushed Sheffield Wednesday closer towards the relegation trapdoor. The Owls replied through Jermaine Johnson and Marcus Tudgay but couldn't keep the Bluebirds out. Owls keeper Lee Grant was in the action tipping over goalbound shots from Joe Ledley and Bothroyd in the opening six minutes as the Bluebirds pinned their visitors back on defence. When Wednesday did mount an attack, Darcy Blake slid in to prevent Johnson from getting away a close-range shot. In the 14th minute, David Marshall turned a Darren Potter free kick against the post before it was hacked to safety. The Owls went ahead in the 16th minute when Tom Soares crossed from the right and Johnson was all alone at the far post to tap home. Two minutes later, the Bluebirds were level when Purse was adjudged to have fouled Whittingham. City's leading scorer beat Grant with a superb free-kick from just outside the area for his 20th league goal of the season. A long corner from Tommy Spurr on the half hour found Purse unmarked at the back post but his firm header was beaten away by Marshall. Bothroyd and Michael Chopra both unsettled the Owls defence with strong runs into the penalty area but the interval arrived with no further score. Mark Hudson made his return after a long injury lay-off when he replaced Blake for the start of the second half while the lively Johnson made way for Leon Clarke for the Owls. City went ahead in the 53rd minute when a 40-yard pass down the middle from Stephen McPhail found Bothroyd, who raced on to slide his shot beyond Grant. Both sides used all their subs with 20 minutes still left and with Wednesday desperate to get back on terms it left gaps at the back for City to exploit. But it was the Owls who struck in the 78th minute when Tudgay slotted home from an acute angle. Back came the Bluebirds and substitute Aaron Wildig sent Bothroyd racing through two minutes later for the winner with a blistering shot that left Grant with no chance of stopping. In time added on, Etienne Esajas rifled a shot against the inside of the post with Marshall beaten.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

81
Goal
 

Goal!! Jay Bothroyd scores for Cardiff.

78
Goal
 

Goal!! Marcus Tudgay scores for Sheff Wed.

72
Yellow Card
 

Darren Potter goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

68
Substitution
 

Sheff Wed are replacing Luke Varney with Etienne Esajas.

66
Substitution
 

Cardiff are replacing Stephen McPhail with Aaron Wildig.

63
Substitution
 

Sheff Wed are replacing Tom Soares with Francis Jeffers.

59
Substitution
 

Cardiff are replacing Kelvin Etuhu with Chris Burke.

58
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Darren Purse.

54
Goal
 

Goal!! Cardiff have scored with Jay Bothroyd putting it in the back of the net.

51
Yellow Card
 

Marcus Tudgay is booked for unsporting behaviour.

47
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Joe Ledley.

46
Substitution
 

Darcy Blake is being taken off, Mark Hudson has come on in his place.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 1.

46
Substitution
 

Jermaine Johnson is replaced by Leon Clarke.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by P Taylor

17
Goal
 

Goal!! Peter Whittingham scores for Cardiff.

15
Goal
 

Goal!! Jermaine Johnson scores for Sheff Wed.

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, April 24th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Cardiff face Sheff Wed at 3pm on Saturday, April 24th.