Sheffield Wednesday picked up a much-needed point on Wednesday evening, as they shared the spoils with promotion-chasing Swansea City.
The Owls took the lead after 27 minutes through Adam Reach, before Andre Ayew equalised for the hosts in the second-half, as neither side could find the winner on the night.
It means that Tony Pulis’ side are now sat 23rd in the Championship table, and are five points adrift of safety after their opening 13 matches of the 2020/21 season.
One moment on frustration for the Hillsborough faithful would have been seeing Keiren Westwood forced off through injury after just 14 minutes, with Joe Wildsmith replacing him between the posts.
The shot-stopper has started the last two matches for the Owls, but hasn’t been in the first-team picture prior to that, with Pulis recently registering him for selection in the Championship.
Speaking in a post-match press conference (quotes sourced from Yorkshire Live) following the draw, Pulis revealed why Westwood was forced off, and blamed himself for the goalkeeper picking up an injury so soon into his return to the first-team.
“We’ll see. He felt his groin when he kicked the ball.
“Keiren has only just come back playing. To risk him in two games might have been a little bit of my fault but I do rate him. I think he is a top, top goalkeeper and I want him in my team.”
Pulis went on to praise the impact of Joe Wildsmith though, with the shot-stopper making some crucial saves to keep the scores level on Wednesday evening.
“Wildsmith did smashing. Obviously, the lads has played quite a few games and he has got experience and it looks as though he will play a few more games as well..
“We’ll see where Keiren is at tomorrow.”
Sheffield Wednesday are next in action when they take on Stoke City at the weekend, in what is likely to be a tough test for Tony Pulis’ side at Hillsborough.
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This will be hugely frustrating for everyone involved at Sheffield Wednesday.
Westwood hasn’t been involved in the first-team squad for a considerable amount of time, and it’s a shame to see him pick up an injury so early into his return to action.
I think he’s the best goalkeeper that Tony Pulis has available to him in the squad at the moment, and the Owls boss will be hoping that the Irishman isn’t out for too long.
With the hectic festive period coming up, Pulis needs his best players available for selection, and Westwood is certainly one of them.