Sam Winnall reacts to Sheffield Wednesday's home defeat to Cardiff City

Striker Sam Winnall could not hide his disappointment after Sheffield Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Cardiff City.

By Dom Howson
Sunday, 29th December 2019, 6:40 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th December 2019, 9:38 pm
Owls striker Sam Winnall in action against Cardiff
Owls striker Sam Winnall in action against Cardiff

The Owls lost more ground in the Championship promotion race after losing for the first time at Hillsborough since the end of August.

The Bluebirds stunned the Wednesday faithful by scoring two goals in a rip-roaring opening eight minutes. Robert Glatzel and Junior Hoilett netted to put the Owls on the back foot.

Tom Lees' 18th minute header gave Wednesday hope and Garry Monk's troops huffed and puffed after the break but could not find a way past Cardiff's resolute defence.

Owls midfielder Sam Hutchinson after their 2-1 defeat to Cardiff

Winnall, who spearheaded the attack in the absence of 12-goal top-scorer Steven Fletcher, said: "It was really frustrating.

"Everyone in the dressing room was very, very upset because we know the first 10 minutes cost us the game.

"After that, we played really well and were the only team that looked like scoring.

"Everyone is disappointed, especially on the back of Boxing Day, but I think we are still in a fantastic position.

"If someone would have offered us sixth, which we are at the moment, at the start of the season, I think we would have been pretty happy with that."

The Owls dropped to sixth in the rankings after seeing their eight-match unbeaten home run come to an end.

"There is still a lot to play for," stressed Winnall. "We will all go away and be disappointed about today but thankfully we have got a game in three days where we can make it right."