Sheffield Wednesday put four past Harrogate Town last night to win Papa John’s Trophy Northern Group H and many Owls fans have been raving about the performance of goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith.
The two sides met at Hillsborough for their final match of the group stages level on points meaning whoever came out on top would win the group and secure a home tie in the knockout stages.
Summer signing Saido Berahino put Wednesday ahead from close range after 17 minutes while goals from George Byers, Sylla Sow, and Korede Adedoyin in an 11-minute second-half surge put the game beyond Harrogate, who finished with 10 men after Connor Hall’s red card.
The League Two side will likely feel that on another day things could have been very different, however, as they created plenty of chances of their own and kept Wildsmith busy.
The Owls backup goalkeeper was handed the start by Darren Moore and repaid his manager’s faith with an outstanding display.
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Wildsmith made 10 saves, including eight from inside the box, and finished with a pass accuracy of 83% (Sofascore).
His performance did not go unnoticed among the Hillsborough faithful, with many fans taking to Twitter to rave about the 25-year-old after the game…
Happy with that performance in the end.
Wildsmith MOTM for me, and great to see the young players getting a run out.
— SWFC Daily 𓅓 (@OnSwfc) November 9, 2021
Well Done to the lads tonight ! Top of the group 🎉🎉 Great win. Wildsmith bang on tonight 🙌. You can all go home proud of yourselves. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💙🦉🤍
— Dino S12 (@DPaggiossi) November 9, 2021
Wildsmith man of match for me 💙
— Warren (@Warren1867) November 9, 2021
4-0 absolutely flattered us! Harrogate so so unlucky not to score, wildsmith absolutely immense! Massive bonus for us having home tie next game! #swfc
— M (@mattyn1991) November 9, 2021
Says a lot about the performance when the star #swfc man in a 4-0 win was the goalie; Well done Joe Wildsmith!
— Vital Wednesday (@VitalWednesday) November 9, 2021
Joseph Wildsmith MOM. That’s the tweet #SWFC
— Danny Copley (@danny_copley4) November 9, 2021
Impressed with Agbontohoma tonight looks very comfortable on the ball. Joe Wildsmith is hands down man of the match though #swfc
— Martin Hilden (@Marvel36O) November 9, 2021
Joe wildsmith having a blinder and great goal from Sow, what an assist from shodipo for Byers goal too😻 #swfc
— your average sad swfc fan (@bobbertSWFC) November 9, 2021
Wildsmith sublime as well #swfc
— OssettCrossy (@Zippy_upnorth) November 9, 2021