Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has moved to clear up the situation regarding goalkeeper Kieren Westwood.
The Owls stopper was absent from the 1-1 draw with Cardiff City last night, being replaced by Cameron Dawson as Wednesday got another important away point on the board.
Dawson came in for some criticism after allowing Lee Tomlin’s free-kick to ensure the home side took away a point, but Monk was quick to defend his young goalkeeper, while also explaining why a late change was made.
💬 GM: Keiren felt his ankle in the warm-up and I give massive credit to Daws, it’s not easy to come in like that and I thought it’s a testament to him that he can come in and perform like that. I was really pleased with him #swfcLIVE
— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) October 18, 2019
Westwood has been an ever-present for Wednesday this season as they have made an excellent start to the Championship season under Monk’s stewardship.
The club will be hoping that the niggle for Westwood is nothing too serious to worry about as they look to maintain some consistency in their squad selection and not rely on the services of a young ‘keeper like Dawson.
Julian Borner had given the Owls the lead when he deflected Kadeem Harris’ shot into the Cardiff goal before Tomlin struck from a dead ball to rescue a share of the spoils for Neil Warnock’s men.
It’s massively important that Westwood is fit for Wednesday if they are to continue to do well.
He’s back to his best in many ways and has been vital in commanding the back four and keeping the ball out of the net.
It automatically gives the away side a lift if they see no Westwood, so the sooner he’s back, the better.