The Tigers looked to be heading for their second home win of the season when Jordy de Wijs headed home Jarrod Bowen’s in-swinging free-kick to make it 2-1 in the 89th-minute after Robert Glatzel had cancelled out Kamil Grosicki’s opener for the hosts.
But Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds levelled the scores for the second time of the afternoon in stoppage-time when substitute Danny Ward latched onto Aden Flint’s flick-on before finding the bottom corner, ensuring a third draw in the last four league outings for Grant McCann’s men.
Reflecting on the stalemate, Fleming said: “Being honest, it felt like a loss. To concede late on after doing so well and showing great character to get the second goal was so disappointing for everyone.
“We knew it was going to be tough going up against a Cardiff side that had just been relegated from the Premier League. They’ve got a specific style that is very tough to play against but I thought we defended well for the majority of the game.
“Both teams put everything into the 90 minutes and I thought it was a good game of football. After we went 2-1 up with Jordy’s header, I thought we’d done enough to win the game. It was unbelievable character from the lads to bounce back but, unfortunately, we just couldn’t see it out.
“Watching the ball roll into the bottom corner was so hard because of all the effort we’d put in. I think I got something on the ball as I tried to block the shot but it’s gone through my legs and trickled in.
“It was disappointing but these things happen in football. We’ve got to take the point and move on.”
Fleming was included in Grant McCann’s side to face the Bluebirds with fellow left-backs Callum Elder and Stephen Kingsley both unavailable through injury. The 19-year-old Academy product knows there are things he needs to work on, but was pleased with his display on what his second league start of the campaign.
“With the way they play, I was expecting a lot of pressure on my side of the pitch and a lot of high balls launched towards me. I thought I handled that well though. It was great to get a full 90 minutes against a tough, tough side.
“Hopefully my performance on Saturday showed that I’m ready to play whenever the gaffer needs me. I’m fighting for my place in the team just like everyone in the squad. I’m working hard and training hard day in, day out.
“I’m still relatively young and I’m still learning. The pace of the game at this level is something I’ll naturally improve on when I gain more experience.
“I feel as though I could be quicker with the ball but everything else comes naturally with experience – the tactical side of the game and game-management.
“Every game I get under my belt is beneficial and I feel as though I am progressing and kicking on. I just want to get as much experience and as many minutes as I can.”
Following their exploits on Saturday, the Tigers face a quick turnaround as Sheffield Wednesday visit the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday night and, although expecting another tough Championship test, Fleming is targeting a return to winning ways against the high-flying Owls.
“It’s all about our response now,” he added. “We’ve just got to bounce back and go again against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.
“It’s a quick turnaround and we’ve got to go out and show what we’re made of. It’s another home game and we want to pick up maximum points all the time at the KCOM.
“It doesn’t matter who we play, we set out to win. It’s a big game and we need the three points in order to move up the table.”