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Owls Grind Out an Encouraging First League Win

Blog written by Sean Forman @seansramblings on Twitter

Wednesday: 2 Cardiff: 0

So who had this result for the first league match of the 2020-2021 season? After listening to the recent Owls Americast podcast, it seems like no one. Dave of the New York Bluebirds group thought Cardiff would win 2-0. When Paddy asked if anyone thought Wednesday would win, there was complete silence until Jeff finally said that they might grind out a 1-1 draw. That wasn't exactly a vote of confidence. And how could you have confidence in Wednesday traveling to South Wales and earning three points? Wednesday hadn't won at Cardiff, a play-off semi-finalist last season, since 2007. Plus, the team scored the same amount of goals against Football League Two club Walsall in the first round of last week's Carabao Cup as everyone who is reading this!

Here are the extended highlights of the game:

I just want to mention a few things. First, only four minutes into the match, newcomer Izzy Brown pounced on a sloppy Cardiff pass and sent Josh Windass a nice ball towards Cardiff's goal. Windass finished with a perfectly placed shot in the lower left corner. Something I've noticed over the years is what happened just after Windass took the shot. He got tripped by a Cardiff defender. Obviously, the goal counted, and there was great celebration throughout the land except from Windass who was on the ground in pain. However, even if the shot was saved or went wide, no foul would have been given. The thought of the referee, and I'll admit that I'm guilty of this too as a ref, is that the attacking player had a quality scoring chance, so essentially advantage was granted. The defender was clearly late in his challenge and probably deserved a yellow card. 

Jordan Rhodes scored a goal. Really!

Photo credit Steve Ellis - The Star

Only 9 points out of 13th place!

Next up we're hosting Watford on Saturday, September 19th. Live on iFollow. Can we continue the hot streak?

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