Cardiff City 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1: Carlos Carvalhal bemoans Owls' misfortune

Late strie: Cardiff Citys last-kick equsliser from Sol Bamba.
Picture: Steve EllisLate strie: Cardiff Citys last-kick equsliser from Sol Bamba.
Picture: Steve Ellis
Late strie: Cardiff Citys last-kick equsliser from Sol Bamba. Picture: Steve Ellis
Owls coach Carlos Carvalhal felt his side deserved more out of the game than a point as Cardiff manager Neil Warnock praised his players for their 'never-say-die attitude' after Sol Bamba's stoppage-time equaliser saved them.

Gary Hooper’s 39th-minute header – the striker scoring in four successive league games for the first time since February, 2008 – looked like handing Wednesday a rare victory in the Welsh capital.

But Bamba secured a 1-1 draw in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Keiren Westwood pushed out Lee Tomlin’s free-kick and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing drove the rebound across goal.

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“Both Sheffield Wednesday and ourselves are two of the better sides in the league,” said former Sheffield United manager Warnock.

“They have the purists and we have the never-say-die attitude and some good players as well. It’s like winning a game, I’ve been on the other end of games like that and you’re distraught that you can’t believe you’ve thrown points away.

“But I thought we deserved it in the second half, we had 12 efforts to their two.”

Cardiff lost the leadership of the Championship in midweek when they suffered a first defeat of the season at Preston and Warnock felt there was a hangover from that 3-0 reverse as Wednesday passed their way around them in the first half.

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Wednesday had not won on any of their previous seven visits to Cardiff, a run stretching back to April 2007.

But after Steven Fletcher missed a golden opportunity to double Wednesday’s lead in the second half, Carvalhal said: “Before the game most of the teams in the Championship will say a draw in Cardiff is good and not a bad result.

“But we are disappointed because we lose two points, we scored one goal and I thought we could achieve a second one.

“We had the best opportunity to kill it with Fletcher and, at that moment, we must finish the game.

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“I am still waiting to win a game in the last minute because we have had four draws now – and we have played better than the opponents in all of them.”

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Ralls, Gunnarsson, Mendez-Laing, Bryson (Tomlin 82), Hoilett (Feeney 71), Zohore (Ward 82). Unused substitutes: Ecuele Manga, Richards, Damour, Murphy.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, van Aken, Pudil, Lee (Wallace 75), Jones, Bannan (Butterfield 86), Reach, Hooper (Nuhiu 88), Fletcher. Unused substitutes: Rhodes, Palmer, Wildsmith, Frederico Venancio.

Referee: L Probert (Wiltshire).