Why Sheffield Wednesday clash could be pivotal for Cardiff City

Cardiff City's Junior Hoilett and Bristol City’s Mark Little in action

Cardiff City go up against Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday evening and it could be a pivotal clash for Neil Warnock and his men.

Cardiff manager Neil WarnockCardiff manager Neil Warnock

Cardiff City welcome Sheffield Wednesday to South Wales on Wednesday evening and they'll be hoping to secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

The Bluebirds won just their second home fixture when Bristol City were sent home empty-handed on Friday evening in Neil Warnock's first game in charge.

The highest attendance of the season at the Cardiff City Stadium watched on with glee as their team delivered their best performance of the season to beat Svernside rivals and Championship high-flyers Bristol City.

One challenge down but another arises this Wednesday in the form of Carlos Carvalhal's Sheffield Wednesday and it'll be no easy task.

Cardiff City’s Joe Bennett and Bristol City’s Jamie Paterson in actionCardiff City’s Joe Bennett and Bristol City’s Jamie Paterson in action

The Owls may have suffered a play-off final defeat-hangover in the early stages of the season but five wins in seven, including an away win against early leaders Huddersfield Town has put them back on-track.

Former Sheffield united manager of eight years, Neil Warnock goes up against his old rivals but the meeting could have more significance than just that.

The weekend's win saw Cardiff climb out of the relegation zone and they're still nine points from the top six but fans are starting to dream already. There's a lot more work to be done but there's a lot more time to make up ground also.

Bristol City’s Joe Bryan and Cardiff’s Craig Noone in actionBristol City’s Joe Bryan and Cardiff’s Craig Noone in action

Given the Bluebirds position in the league table, it may be hard to believe that Cardiff fans are aiming so high but everyone in the Championship knows the effect Neil Warnock can have at this level.

Wednesday evening's game provides Cardiff with an opportunity to topple another top team and gain momentum to complete a surge up the league table but defeat would bring back concerns that all is not fixed.

Cardiff will be hoping their honeymoon period under Neil Warnock continues long enough for them to put their shocking start to the campaign far behind them. A win on Wednesday, and they'll fear no team as they move further into Warnock's reign.

Cardiff City’s Craig Noone and Bristol City’s Joe Bryan in actionCardiff City’s Craig Noone and Bristol City’s Joe Bryan in action

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