Westwood, Carlos Carvalhal heaps praise on Keiren Westwood

Carlos Carvalhal heaps praise on Keiren Westwood

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has told the Yorkshire Post that he believes that Keiren Westwood is fantastic after his performance against Nottingham Forest.

Westwood has been hailed as one of the best goalkeepers in the Sky Bet Championship plenty of times since signing for the Owls in 2014, though he did make a rare mistake in Saturday’s match against Nottingham Forest. He hauled down Ben Brereton in the box which gave away a penalty, with Forest fans screaming for him to be sent off. He instead was just booked and was then able to save Ross McCormack’s penalty, keeping the game goalless.

It would be a complete game changer as Wednesday would then go to the other end of the pitch within a minute and score through Almen Abdi’s volley and Fernando Forestieri would soon add to it. Ben Osborn would get one back for Forest, but Westwood’s impressive performance meant they wouldn’t be able to claim a point.

And Carvalhal decided to praise him after the game, saying: “It was a difficult game, but we deserved the win.”

“There were big moments in the game that were very important. One was when they missed the penalty and the other was when we scored a few minutes later.”

“Even when Forest scored a goal, it was a mistake from us. We did not allow Forest to create too many chances, we were calm and the goalkeeper did not have too many saves to make.”

“I have said in the past that a good goalkeeper is not one who has to make 20 saves in a game – because our opponents do not create many chances against us.”

“A good goalkeeper is one who makes saves when he has to, when the team needs him to. Keiren is a fantastic goalkeeper and when the team needs him, he is there. It is important to have a good goalkeeper and he is one.”

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