Sheffield Wednesday moved into the top six with a hard-earned point at Cardiff City last night.
They took the lead when Julian Borner expertly diverted Kadeem Harris’s shot past Neil Etheridge, but despite dominating the first period, saw Cardiff grow into the game in the second half before Lee Tomlin eventually equalised.
The equaliser was a bitter blow for the Owls and manager Garry Monk, who felt that the decision to award the free-kick in the first place was a harsh one, while he also felt Aden Flint should have been ruled offside for jumping up and down in front of the goalkeeper, Cameron Dawson.
However, it was still a good point on the road for Wednesday and they will be looking to continue their good form under Monk for the rest of the campaign.
In a tight affair with Neil Warnock’s men, there was plenty of things to take away from the tie.
We at FLW, then, were on hand to look at THREE things we learnt about the Owls in the draw with the Bluebirds…
Harris is a brilliant signing
It’s already been on display this season, but Harris was once again in fine form last night as he gave the Cardiff back four a torrid time.
The summer signing has adapted to life in S6 with ease and already looks like he is going to be one of the key players throughout the season.
If he is to get injured, it’s hard to see who can step in and replace him given Jacob Murphy’s apparent lack of form.
Monk can make questionable subs
Make no bones about it, Monk’s decision to take off Barry Bannan had a big effect on the game last night.
Bringing Adthe Nuhiu on in his place was a bizarre move from Monk and one which ultimately backfired.
Monk will need to ensure he’s making the right calls at the right times if the Owls are indeed to maintain a promotion push.
Borner is the real deal
He’s already established himself as a firm favourite with the Owls fans, but Borner is looking more and more the real deal with each passing week.
He’s solid in defence and a real presence going forward. If the Owls don’t get promoted, it’s not beyond question that Premier League teams will come sniffing around the summer signing.
It will be interesting to see how solid the Owls can be when Tom Lees and Borner can have some time to forge a partnership.