Tony Pulis collected his first three points as Sheffield Wednesday manager following a hard-earned victory over Coventry City at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Pulis had endured a difficult start to his reign in the Wednesday dugout, collecting just three points from his opening eight matches as Owls boss.
Tuesday’s crucial defeat at Nottingham Forest left the Hillsborough outfit seven points from Championship safety and in serious danger of being relegated.
However, Tom Lees’ late strike earned some Christmas cheer for Wednesday, who climbed off the foot of the second-tier standings thanks to just their fourth league win of the campaign and moved to within touch of 21st-placed Rotherham.
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Not only was it a long overdue victory, but it was Wednesday’s first clean sheet since 28th November, which probably wasn’t a coincidence due to the return of Keiren Westwood, whose missed the last six matches with a groin problem.
Here’s how the Hillsborough faithful reacted to the 36-year-old’s performance against the Sky Blues following his string of fine stops:
Chey Dunkley and Keiren Westwood appreciation tweet #swfc
— CLAIRE X (@clurrrrxhx) December 19, 2020
Westwood stays fit we stay up ! End off #swfc
— Elliott Wattam (@Elliott51084) December 19, 2020
Our no1 it’s Gr8 to have him back, gives players confidence, and we have missed him, there’s only one Keiren Westwood, we 💙the guy Wawaw🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/d9UdxhQ1Oq
— kerrie SWFC (@kerrie_11) December 19, 2020
Great result today good to have you back between the sticks Westwood 🙌🏻
— Wayne boulby (@wayne_boulby) December 19, 2020
Garry Monk not playing Westwood was purely because he couldn’t handle a character like his in the dressing room. The daft both Bruce and now Pulis (who can) see him as valuable shows this. #swfc
— Alex (@AS__1867) December 19, 2020
Westwood back… defence under control, funny that #swfc
— Matt Hackleton (@MHackleton) December 19, 2020
Westwood, Lees & Dunkley class for me today. @WestwoodKeiren looked exactly like @WestwoodKeiren which is what we would expect from classy Irishman, oozes a calmness to everyone in front of him and means we can build on foundations in the game rather than building on sand. #swfc
— Vital Wednesday (@VitalWednesday) December 19, 2020
Westwood class when called upon today #swfc
— 🦉Brian🦉 (@Brian1867x) December 19, 2020
Fairplay to Westwood today for playing his part in keeping a clean sheet for #SWFC. A solid day of stats for him:
2 aerial duels won
His distribution was still questionable but we know that already and that's often consequences of playing long from goals kicks. pic.twitter.com/fQ67JyRNSo
— Owls Analytics (@AnalyticsOwls) December 19, 2020
Thought shaw was brilliant. Westwood makes a difference. And 2 up front also. #swfc
— Barx (@sam31405869) December 19, 2020