Sheffield Wednesday: Joe Wildsmith escapes manager's wrath after Owls setback

There was one player who escaped Carlos Carvalhal's wrath after Owls' surprise defeat away to Bristol City.

Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 7:29 am
Joe Wildsmith

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.

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.