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BAMBA BLOW FOR HOOPER’S HOPES

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SOL BAMBA’S stoppage-time goal salvaged a draw for Cardiff City – and spoiled Gary Hooper’s day.

The former Celtic striker thought he had given Sheffield Wednesday a 1-0 win at the City stadium.

But ex-Hibs and Dunfermline defender Bamba struck from close range to keep Neil Warnock’s side level on points with Championship frontrunners Leeds United.

Hooper’s header – his fourth goal in successive games – gave the visitors the lead six minutes before the interval.

Scotland international Steven Fletcher missed a good opening to double his side’s advantage and Bamba converted a low cross to spark wild celebrations among the home fans in the fading moments.

Relieved home boss Warnock said: “It’s like winning a game. I’ve been on the other end and you’re just distraught, but it’s great from our point of view.

“I thought we deserved it in the second-half, we had 12 efforts to their two. Wednesday looked like they sat back after getting their goal.

“If they’d had a go at us we were vulnerable, so I was delighted to get to half-time at 1-0.”

Owls gaffer Carlos Carvalhal added: “Before the game most of the teams in the Championship will say a draw in Cardiff is good and not a bad result.

“But we are disappointed because we lost two points, we scored one goal and I thought we could achieve a second one.

“We had the best opportunity to kill it with Fletcher and at that moment we must finish the game.”

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