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Football League World’s Sheffield Wednesday fan pundit Edward Marsh has suggested that goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has to take some blame for the club’s issue with late goals in recent weeks.
The Owls picked up an impressive 3-1 win against Charlton Athletic at the Valley on Saturday to help them go to within two points of the top six.
Prior to that, however, Wednesday had gone five games without a win and conceded four late goals in their last four games–seeing them drop six points in total.
Against Blackburn Rovers they conceded two goals after the 88th minute to slip from a 1-0 lead to a 2-1 defeat, Swansea City grabbed a 93rd-minute the week after, while West Bromwich Albion scored an 88th-minute winner last weekend.
An injury has seen Westwood miss the Owls last two games, with Cameron Dawson replacing him, and Marsh indicated he felt that the 35-year-old had to take some blame for their recent issue with late goals.
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He said: “Unfortunately, Westwood has to harbour some blame. Too many times this season he has made uncharacteristic mistakes at, most vitally, the worst of times.
“We need to show the ‘old guard’ that their positions are not guaranteed. I have no doubt though that Westwood will return to be our first choice keeper though. In the meanwhile, however, it’s a great chance for Dawson.”
Wednesday welcome in-form Brentford to Hillsborough next weekend, knowing that a win could see them climb into the play-off places.
That will be no easy game, however, as the Bees are coming off the back of a 7-0 win against Luton Town.