Date: 5th March 2020 at 6:00pm
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Joe Wildsmith was given a rare start in goal for Sheffield Wednesday in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night and came away with a lot of praise from supporters. The 24-year-old has had to be patient for opportunities under Garry Monk but was given a chance to impress in midweek and fared well between the sticks.

Cameron Dawson has been Wednesday’s first-choice goalkeeper since Keiren Westwood was dropped in November 2019, but he dropped to the bench for the FA Cup Fifth-Round clash and may be sweating ahead of Saturday’s Championship meeting with Brentford.

How will Sheffield Wednesday fare against Brentford?

Win

Win

Draw

Draw

Lose

Lose

Against Man City, Wildsmith played for 90 minutes, had 39 touches, completed 33.3% of his 27 passes and made eight saves. He tipped a fierce Benjamin Mendy effort against the bar and was unlucky to concede from Sergio Aguero’s low effort after getting down quickly to save it.

The 24-year-old has made only one appearance in all competitions this season, spending most of the campaign out of the matchday squad when Westwood/Dawson were first and second choice under Monk. He’s been an unused substitute for the last four months since Westwood was axed from the first-team but may have given his manager a selection headache.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article