"I feel sucker-punched" - Cardiff City boss left deflated as Sheffield Wednesday win in Championship opener
Cardiff City manager Neil Harris said he felt “sucker-punched” after they were defeated by the Owls on the opening day of the new Championship season.
First-half goals from Josh Windass and Jordan Rhodes gave Wednesday all three points against the Bluebirds as Garry Monk’s men made their first dent on the 12-point deduction.
Windass struck after just four minutes when he was played in by Izzy Brown, before Rhodes clipped home from close-range after a well-worked set-piece involving Barry Bannan, Dominic Iorfa and Windass.
In the second half Cameron Dawson was only forced into making one save of note as the visitors saw out the game comfortably in the end.
"I feel a bit sucker-punched in that we dominated the ball but ultimately we were undone by two sucker-punches,“ Harris said in his post-match interview.
When asked if it was Wednesday’s clinical finishing that was the difference between the two sides, Harris added: “It was not what they did to us, it was our own downfall. We were architects of our downfall today and that was the difference and in the Championship you will get punished.
“That game should have been 0-0 if anything and us coming late to win it but you can’t give away two goals in the first half of any game.
“Both goals were really poor. The second goal really puts you on the back foot before half-time.
“So I am a very disappointed manager tonight but I have bene doing this long enough now to know there are another 45 games to go.
“Today was not at the levels they have showed over the last eight or nine months.”