Six things about Sheffield Wednesday 3 Cardiff City 0

Dejphon Chansiri on the lap of honour at Hillsborough

Dejphon Chansiri on the lap of honour at Hillsborough

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A play-off place was secured by Sheffield Wednesday after an impressive performance in seeing off fellow challengers Cardiff City at Hillsborough.

Here are six talking points from the game...

Owls fans at Hillsborough played their part

Owls fans at Hillsborough played their part

THE HILLSBOROUGH ROAR PLAYED ITS PART

The atmosphere inside Hillsborough was absolutely incredible. Nearly 32,000 were there and there hasn't been a noise like it at the old place for quite a while. Earlier in the season when Arsenal arrived in the Capital One Cup and were turned over, the noise was memorable, but nothing like this. Fans got behind the team from the start and didn't stop singing throughout; something which the players and Carlos Carvalhal recognised afterwards. They'll play another big part in the first leg of the play-offs in a couple of weeks. Watch a video of the crowd's reaction to events unfolding

HIGH-TEMPO START SET THE TONE

Wednesday have been guilty of taking a bit of time to get into their stride in too many games this season, especially at home. While the goals didn't come until after the break, the Owls were at it from the first kick and Cardiff were under the cosh for almost the entire game. The visitors, to their credit, defended well but because they had been dealing with such dominance from such an early stage, it was inevitable they would eventually buckle under the pressure.

Unsung hero Alex Lopez

Unsung hero Alex Lopez

LOPEZ THE UNSUNG HERO

The virus that struck down Sam Hutchinson could have had serious implications for Wednesday's play-off hopes, such is the midfielder's influence on the team. However, Alex Lopez's return to the fray saw the Spaniard slip into the role superbly, to the point that Hutchinson has barely been missed. The 28 year old is a calming influence in the middle of the park; he rarely gives the ball away; he breaks up play and provides the space for more creative players to shine and all of that was again vital on Saturday.

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Two-goal hero Gary Hooper and Lucas Joao

Two-goal hero Gary Hooper and Lucas Joao

Carvalhal's delight at the bond between players and fans

VIDEO: Dom Howson's praise for Hooper and his verdict on the Owls display

HOOPER WAS BACK TO HIS BEST

The two goals and an assist aside, Gary Hooper was excellent. You could see from early in the game that he was determined to make his mark - he pressed and harried the City defence from the kick off - and eventually got the rewards. The former Norwich City striker had been struggling for goals of late, but this brace has come just at the right time to have confidence flowing for the biggest tests ahead.

CARDIFF WERE DISAPPOINTING

While there's no doubting that Wednesday played well, it was a shame to see a team, who had so much to play for, lacking an attacking threat. Cardiff, as previously stated, were strong at the back until they were finally breached, but at the other end there was nothing and the Owls' back five, including Keiren Westwood, had one of their easiest games of the season. No wonder manager Russell Slade decided against coming out to speak with the written press afterwards.

DEJPHON CHANSIRI'S ONE OF YOUR OWN NOW

Did you see the Owls owner walk out for the lap of honour? He genuinely looked like an excited child, and why wouldn't he? You could tell how much it meant to him, to see the club make such strides since his arrival and any doubts that there may have been amongst supporters when the Thai businessman took over must surely have been completely wiped away now. He's put his hand in his pocket and seen the rewards. That can only bode well.

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