Last time out: Cardiff City 0-2 Derby County - Saturday, 31st January 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Cardiff City fell to Derby County – who now move joint-top in the Championship table – as two strikes in the first half allowed Steve McClaren’s visiting team breathing space. In truth, the scoreline did not reflect the Bluebirds’ efforts – Russell Slade’s side much improved from last week’s clash with Reading - though the home side could not find a crucial goal. With Derby happy to sit on their lead and counter-attack, Cardiff piled on the pressure as substitute Kenwyne Jones went closest with a powerful, headed effort though this high-intensity spectacle ended with a two-goal win for the away side.
Cardiff City: Moore, Peltier, Morrison, Connolly, Malone, Noone, O'Keefe (Adeyemi), Gunnarsson (Jones), Harris (Fabio), Whittingham, Revell. Subs Not Used: Ecuele Manga, Macheda, Ralls, Wilson.
Sheffield Wednesday: WLWLDL
Last time out: Reading 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday – Saturday, 31st January 2015, Sky Bet Championship
Nathaniel Chalobah scored on his home debut as Reading secured their first home win since December. The Royals had early chances before Pavel Pogrebnyak headed in from eight yards after Stephen Kelly's cross. Loanee Chalobah's half-volley made it 2-0, and a fine save from Adam Federici from the Owls' effort by Lewis Baker ensured a clean sheet for the Royals.
Sheffield Wednesday: Grant, Shotton, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Hendrick ,Mascarell, Hughes, Dawkins (Bent), Martin, Ward (Bennett). Subs Not Used: Christie, Bryson, Roos, Albentosa, Warnock.
LAST COMPETITIVE MEETING
2014/15: Saturday 27th September, Championship: Cardiff City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff City got back to winning ways at home, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 in a well contested match at Cardiff City Stadium. Wednesday started the quicker in the capital, and were unlucky not to take the lead when Fábio superbly slid Stevie May’s effort off the line. However, it was City who broke the deadlock just before half time when Peter Whittingham’s trademark in-swinging free kick was headed home commandingly by Sean Morrison. After the break Morrison was unfortunate to score at the other end as he prodded Chris Maguire’s low centre past Marshall. But Anthony Pilkington stepped up to drive the Bluebirds to victory, smashing home Kenwyne Jones’ knock down and earning his side an important three points.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Fabio (Ralls), S. Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Brayford, Gunnarsson, Pilkington, Daehli, Noone (R. Morrison), Whittingham, Jones (Macheda). Subs Not Used: Moore, James, Le Fondre, Adeyemi.
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Loovens, Mattock, Buxton, Palmer, Maguire (Hope), Semedo (Madine), Coke (Drenthe), Maghoma, Nuhiu, May. Subs Not Used: McCabe, Helan, Dielna, Kirkland.