Brian Laws hailed the ``exceptional'' Etienne Esajas after his match-winning display inspired Sheffield Wednesday to a deserved 3-1 victory over 10-man Cardiff.

The Dutch winger, who was restored to Laws' starting XI following his impressive cameo from the bench against derby rivals Sheffield United last week, scored one and set up the other two as the Owls recorded their first Coca-Cola Championship win in four games.

``I thought Esajas was very, very good no doubt about that,'' said Laws. ``He's been waiting for quite a while to get his opportunity and has probably been a bit frustrated, so I said 'You've earned the right and don't spoil it by trying to be clever'."

He added: ``And you can't ask for anymore than that, he's contributed to two goals and scored one himself.

``The one thing that has been the down side for Etienne has been not just his consistency but his injuries.

``But certainly he was exceptionally good.''

Wednesday twice hit the woodwork through Varney and Clarke but one of the main post-match talking points was the decision to disallow Michael Chopra's first-half lob with the scores level at 1-1.

The striker was adjudged to have been offside when he converted David Marshall's long ball over the top - one of two goals ruled out for the visitors.

But Laws was honest in the way he viewed the incident.

``I've got to say I thought they were very unfortunate not to get a goal as I thought Chopra's was actually onside if truth be known,'' said the Wednesday boss.

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