- Tomlin prevented Wednesday moving into the automatic promotion places
- The Bluebirds substitute curled home a stunning free-kick in the 87th minute
- Borner put the Owls ahead when he deflected Kadeem Harris’ shot into the net
Cardiff substitute Lee Tomlin curled home a stunning free-kick in the 87th minute
Tomlin’s late equaliser prevented Wednesday moving into the automatic promotion places
Julian Borner put the visitors ahead when he deflected Kadeem Harris’ shot into the net
Lee Tomlin halted Sheffield Wednesday’s march to the automatic promotion places as his stunning free-kick salvaged a draw for Cardiff.
The Bluebirds substitute curled home a stunning free-kick to leave a dominant Owls side with a single point from their dominant performance.
Kadeem Harris looked to have come back to haunt Cardiff by creating Julian Borner’s first-half goal.
But Tomlin stopped Garry Monk’s men from joining West Brom at the top of the Championship table.
Monk has been reaping the rewards of Harris’ free transfer to Sheffield Wednesday from the Welsh capital.
The winger had scored two goals and provided an assist and was out to give his former employers another reminder of his talents for his new side on his return to Cardiff City Stadium.
Harris sent an early warning to his former employers by sending a half-volley a yard over the crossbar.
Cardiff: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Flint, Bennett, Bacuna (Ward 34), Pack, Ralls, Mendez-Laing (Whyte 76), Glatzel (Tomlin 76), Josh Murphy.
Subs Not Used: Smithies, Paterson, Nelson, Hoilett.
Goals: Tomlin 87.
Sheff Wed: Dawson, Palmer, Iorfa, Borner, Fox, Hutchinson, Reach, Luongo, Bannan (Nuhiu 73), Harris (Murphy 79), Fletcher.
Subs Not Used: Lee, Pelupessy, Thorniley, Odubajo, Forestieri.
Booked: Hutchinson, Palmer, Fox.
Goals: Borner 19.
Ref: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).
The Owls winger needed no second invitation to snatch the initiative at his former home as he created the opener after 19 minutes.
Bannan laid the ball off to Harris on the angle of the penalty area after his corner was only half-cleared.
The pacy winger stepped on the accelerator to leave Marlon Pack chasing his shadow and sent a curling effort towards the far post.
The ball may have been heading for the back of the net, but as Etheridge dived to his left, Borner stuck out a leg and diverted the shot away from the Cardiff goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Steven Fletcher was next to test Etheridge moments later as Sheffield Wednesday piled on the pressure in search of a second, prompting Warnock to take drastic action.
The Cardiff boss sent striker Danny Ward on in place of Leandro Bacuna with only 34 minutes on the clock.
Monk’s men continued to press forward despite Cardiff’s early change and got another opportunity from 20 yards out when Morrison tripped Hutchinson.
Harris lined up the free-kick and smacked the angle of the post and cross bar with a curling effort that had Etheridge beaten all ends up.
Cardiff survived until the interval but were on the back-foot again after the restart. Some heroic defending from Aden Flint and Sean Morrison ensured the Owls’ lead stayed at a single goal, before the hosts finally started to threaten.
Ward had Cardiff’s first shot on target after 70 minutes before Josh Murphy’s deflected cross looped over the head of Cameron Dawson and flashed just past the post.
But the breakthrough finally came after Tomlin dusted himself off after he was tripped by Massimo Luongo and sent a bending effort into the corner from 25 yards out to level the scores.