Sheffield Wednesday suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford on Saturday – the fourth time in five games that the Owls have shipped three or more goals.
Cameron Dawson came away with criticism from supporters after letting in a number of soft goals on the day and may find his place up for grabs ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Nottingham Forest.
Despite Joe Wildsmith impressing in Wednesday’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester City, Garry Monk stuck with Dawson in goal against the Bees.
The decision backfired, however, as his first-choice stopper was beaten by 71.4% of Brentford’s shots on target. Wildsmith was an unused substitute and fans want to see the 24-year-old given a chance against Forest.
Should Cameron Dawson be replaced by Joe Wildsmith?
Agree. Pelupessy isn't good enough and Dawson are off form, Monk is floundering but even that doesn't detail half of our issues unfortunately!
— Anthony Poole (@AnthonyPoole) March 8, 2020
3 names I don’t want to see on the team sheet on Saturday. Lees, Dawson, Pelupessy 🦉
— samantha (@wednesday1977) March 8, 2020
Say what you like about them but if you think Dawson and Pelupessy are better than Westwood and Hutchinson, you're delusional
— Joe Kneale (@JoeKneale582) March 8, 2020
Whether there is a culture at the club or not maybe turning round to two influential senior pro’s and telling them their not part of your plans was wrong in December. Dawson needs dropping, Pelupessy is stealing a wage and goes missing every game #swfc
— Martyn Yeardley (@Mart30y) March 8, 2020
“Consider” shouldn’t even need to consider they both should be in the starting 11 simple as. Pelupessy is horrific, a half fit Hutchinson wipes the floor with him. Westwood is 10 times the player Dawson is #swfc
— Bradley Foulkes (@bradley_foulkes) March 8, 2020
Whether getting rid of Monk is the answer or not his selection of Dawson yesterday over Wildsmith was an appalling decision and was in keeping with some of his other baffling decisions this season.
— craig (@ctb556) March 8, 2020
Started Dawson instead of Wildsmith when everyone and their dog knows that Joe should’ve played
Persistently plays Joey Pelupessy the worst number 8 we have ever had and has fallen out with two of the best players at our club
Doesn’t have a starting 11 https://t.co/iK91JagnFK
— Nathan 🦉⚪️ (@ndimelow1867) March 8, 2020
Best two players v Man City dropped to the bench yesterday. Dawson has been poor so why not give Wildsmith his opportunity. It takes Dawson out the firing line and guess what..it may prove a good move for the team.
— STEVE FOSTER (@djvioletsky) March 8, 2020
Why put Dawson in after Wildsmith had such a good game v MCFC? Why take off yesterday's 2 best performers at H/T? Not only leaving 1 sub for rest of game, it's like GM is trying to lose. Clueless.
— James Gamble Ⓥ (@jamesgamble1978) March 8, 2020
Westwood….. then Wildsmith, then Jones, then Dawson on current form.
— Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine) March 8, 2020
— Douglas Plenty 🦉⚽️🏴🍁 (@stoulson1976) March 8, 2020
Need a massive clear out in summer need to replace Dawson in goal probably Wildsmith and let Dawson go out on season long loan to gain more experience and confidence https://t.co/mAA28Jsrqo
— garry greensmith (@GreensmithGarry) March 8, 2020
I’ve tried to be in Monks corner…but the decision to play Dawson over Wildsmith and Joey over ANYBODY else this weekend just finished him for me.
— john scott badkin (@badkin80) March 8, 2020
Hold on a minute, yesterday @ Brentford.
Monk had the ideal opportunity to play Wildsmith after Wednesday night.
He picked Dawson!
That to me is bad management.
Take Dawson out of the firing line, he needs it!!#monkout
— Phil Dimelow (@dimelowphil) March 8, 2020
Agree Dawson shouldn't be in the firing line and needs resting
Not sure thrusting Wildsmith in there is good either for the lad.
Dawson is only playing because of whatever it is that Westwood's done to be frozen out therefore you have to look at that as the cause surely
— owlstalk.co.uk (@Owlstalk) March 8, 2020
Against Brentford, Dawson played a full 90 minutes, had 35 touches, made one clearance, completed 27.6% of his 29 passes, made one interception and made two saves. He’s made 28 appearances in all competitions this season, conceding 37 goals and keeping 10 clean sheets.
Since the turn of the year, the 24-year-old has shipped 24 goals in 12 Championship games. Monk axed Keiren Westwood in November 2019 due to his errors leading to goals, but will he do the same for Dawson?