Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood will only serve a one-match ban following his red card against Reading on Saturday, the club have confirmed.
The Irishman was given his marching orders ten minutes from time at the Madejski after bringing down Mo Barrow on the edge of the Owls’ box in their 3-1 win but will not be hit with the three-match ban that is customary for straight reds.
However, it means he will miss the Yorkshire derby with Barnsley this weekend, with Cameron Dawson likely to deputise in his place at Hillsborough.
Aside from Westwood’s dismissal, it was the perfect start for Lee Bullen as he continues his stint in temporary charge of the club following Steve Bruce’s departure.
Kedeem Harris gave the visitors the lead going into half-time and Sam Hutchinson crashed in a brilliant header to restore their lead just two minutes after Yakou Meite had restored parity for the Royals in the second half.
And deep into stoppage time Lucas Joao made the points safe, meaning Wednesday sit joint top of the second-tier table alongside Leeds United after one match.
I think Sheffield Wednesday fans should be pretty happy with this.
It is not clear why Westwood has been spared a three-match ban and considering, in the heat of the moment, it was a challenge that ultimately helped his side to three points, it was almost certainly worth it.
Giving Cameron Dawson the chance to put some pressure on the club’s number one can only be a good thing as well considering how impressive he was in the early stages of last season.