Cardiff City 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2: We put all our meat on the fire – Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal hailed the fighting spirit of his Sheffield Wednesday side as they recovered from two goals down to earn a draw with promotion rivals Cardiff.

Sheffield Wednesday's goal scorers Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri (Picture: Steve Ellis).
Sheffield Wednesday's goal scorers Barry Bannan and Fernando Forestieri (Picture: Steve Ellis).

The hosts had looked to be on course for victory when Craig Noone’s penalty and Anthony Pilkington’s strike put the Bluebirds in a dominant position at the break.

But the Owls rallied with Fernando Forestieri finding the net with a stunning strike from distance and Barry Bannan driving home the equaliser.

“In the second half, we were excellent,” said the Portuguese. “We came on strong, we began to attack and we got the goals back.

“It was an exciting finish and there were chances for both sides to score and win the game, but I think in the end a draw was the correct score.

“We are not normally that open and when we do that we know we are taking risks but we know we can score goals.

“As they say in Portugal, we put all our meat on the fire in that second half. It was a fantastic effort, the fitness of the players is fantastic.

“But more important than this is the soul and the spirit we have. It is a good sign for us if we can do that against a big team in this division.”

Cardiff chief Russell Slade was frustrated as his men threw away a two-goal advantage for the second straight home game to drop out of the top six. “We had chances to kill the game off at the end of the first half and the start of the second half,” said Slade.

Cardiff City: Marshall, Peltier, Morrison, Connolly, Malone, Noone; Gunnarsson, Ralls, Pilkington (Da Silva 89), Watt; Jones (Ameobi 68). Unused substitutes: Ecuele Manga, Whittingham, Macheda, Moore, O’Keefe.

Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Turner, Loovens, Pudil, Wallace; Lee (Hooper 46), Hutchinson (Lopez 20), Bannan, Forestieri; Lucas Joao (Nuhiu 90). Unused substitutes: McGugan, Helan, Sougou, Wildsmith.

Referee: C Breakspear (Surrey).

Man of the match: Fernando Forestieri.