Another clean sheet for Owls but goals proving hard to come by

Last updated : 20 January 2018 By Chris Morris

Wednesday and Cardiff pick up a point at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday kept their 4th clean sheet in a row but failed to find the net themselves as 3rd-placed Cardiff took a point away from Hillsborough.

The injury ravaged Owls were without 10 first team players and with centre-back Glenn Loovens suspended youngster Jordan Thorniley came into the back 3 for his league debut.

The home side allowed the visitors to have a lot of possession in the first half but young Owls keeper Joe Wildsmith wasn’t forced into anything more than routine saves. City striker Lahore had the ball in the back of the net early on but the whistle had long since gone for a foul by the frontman on Thorniley.

As the half wore on Wednesday came into the game more and had the better chances. Jordan Rhodes headed a fine David Jones free-kick over the bar and then forced Etheridge into a smart save after a cute pass from Joao and Adam Reach blazed the rebound over the bar, both Rhodes and Reach should have done better.

Wednesday started the second half with more purpose and Joao put a good chance the wrong side of the post after Rhodes capitalised on a poor defensive header. The two striker then combined again with Rhodes crossing for Joao but the Portuguese striker, who looked bright throughout, failed to beat Etheridge with his header.

Cardiff created little in the second half, Wildschut firing just wide with a crisp strike and although Wednesday substitute Matias looked lively the game rather petered out towards the end.

The Owls are now 17th in the Championship table, 7 points above the relegation zone and next up is an F.A. Cup 4th round tie against Reading at Hillsborough on Friday 26th January.