Joe Wildsmith got the nod in between the sticks after Keiren Westwood was forced to withdraw from the Championship fixture during the warm-up due to illness. It was the talented shot-stopper’s 13th outing in Wednesday colours.
The 20-year-old, who has caught the eye since making his Owls debut against Mansfield Town in the Capital One Cup last August, was originally left-out of their match-day squad.
But despite being preferred to Lewis Price in goal, England Under-21 international Wildsmith was powerless to stop the Wednesday crashing to their heaviest defeat of the campaign. The result, coming off the back of a four-match winning sequence, saw Carvalhal’s troops slip to sixth in the table.
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Defensively Wednesday looked vulnerable, particularly in the first half, and they conceded four goals either side of half-time.
“Joe played very well,” Carvalhal said. “When Bristol created chances, Joe was there. He gave confidence to the team but it wasn’t our day.”
Meanwhile, Wednesday have sold-out their ticket allocation for their trip to play-off rivals Derby County on Saturday, April 23. The Owls will be roared on by 3,080 fans for the televised clash, which gets underway at 12.30pm at The iPro Stadium.