Date: 30th June 2020 at 3:20pm
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Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a surprise 2-1 win over Bristol City on Sunday and Joe Wildsmith was one of many players praised by supporters for his performance. The 24-year-old produced a number of outstanding saves to ensure Wednesday picked up all three points and could now remain Garry Monk’s first-choice in goal.

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Wildsmith produced a fantastic close-range save to stop Nathan Baker heading home from a corner and he stopped another effort from Baker before Nahki Well scored from the rebound. Supporters lauded the academy graduate on social media and now believe he deserves to play ahead of Cameron Dawson for the foreseeable future.

Against City, Wildsmith played for 90 minutes, had 43 touches, won three aerial duels and completed 29.7% of his 37 passes. Since rising through the youth ranks to the Wednesday first-team in 2014/15, the 24-year-old has gone on to make 51 appearances in all competitions, conceding 69 goals and keeping 15 clean sheets.

This season, Wildsmith has made only three appearances after spending the majority of the campaign behind Keiren Westwood and Cameron Dawson in the pecking order, but his patience and hard work has paid off.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article