A bot­tle of Sol for Warnock’s boys

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

Archer; McLaughlin, Web­ster, Hutchinson, Mered­ith; Wal­lace (Tun­ni­cliffe 90th), Williams, Sav­ille, O’Brien (Fer­gu­son 81st); Onyed­inma (Cooper 90th), Mori­son can’t be­lieve that you’ve thrown those points away.”

It is now two points from an avail­able nine for a Cardiff side who slipped to sec­ond place in mid­week fol­low­ing a first de­feat of the sea­son at Pre­ston.

There looked to be a clear hang­over from that set­back as the Blue­birds were slow to set­tle here.

Wed­nes­day, on the other hand, looked con­fi­dent from the start when Steven Fletcher fired over in the fifth minute and Tom Lees headed Kieran Lee’s cor­ner just wide.

Lee also fea­tured at the other end as he put his body on the line to make a cou­ple of out­stand­ing blocks.

Cardiff were re­stricted to long-range ef­forts which posed lit­tle trou­ble to Keiren West­wood in the Owls’ goal. The keeper did not have to LEEDS: Wied­wald; Ayling, Shaugh­nessy, Jans­son, Anita; Phillips, O’Kane, Alioski (Roofe 45th), Saiz (Grot 72nd), Her­nan­dez (Dal­las 45th), La­sogga move to gather ef­forts from Aron Gun­nars­son and Ken­neth Zo­hore and Wed­nes­day’s su­pe­ri­or­ity was re­warded close to half-time.

Adam Reach found space down the left side to de­liver a cross on to the head of Hooper, who made no mis­take af­ter los­ing his marker Sean Mor­ri­son.

Cardiff were look­ing for a fast start to the sec­ond half – but they fell al­most fur­ther be­hind when Lee Peltier sliced Lee’s cor­ner past his own goal.

They fi­nally man­aged to build some mo­men­tum when Men­dez-Laing cut in­side on to right foot to un­leash a fe­ro­cious shot which Barry Ban­nan de­flected over.

Gun­nars­son headed inches wide from the re­sult­ing cor­ner.

Hoi­lett was then de­nied by West­wood af­ter Mor­ri­son had flicked on a long throw to the far Felix Wied­wald T Robin­son post be­fore Men­dez-Laing twice went down in the area in the hope of win­ning a penalty.

Wed­nes­day lifted the siege and Fletcher should have scored be­fore he was made to pay for that miss when Bamba pounced from a yard out.

Owls chief Car­los Car­val­hal said: “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.”

MILL­WALL: ■ WALLOP! James Mered­ith clat­ters Ezg­jan Alioski ■

ON THE SLIDE: Aiden O’Brien cel­e­brates his win­ning goal STAR MAN: REF:

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