Huge praise goes out to all three Sheffield Wednesday first-team goalkeepers this season as the Owls once again pursue a club record of 18 clean sheets in a league campaign.
Sheffield Wednesday are on track to equal or break the club record having managed 14 league shut outs so far this campaign. With only eight league games remaining, and a possible three extra matches should Wednesday reach the play-offs, just four more clean sheets are required to reach this milestone.
The club record of 17 clean sheets was equalled last term thanks to outstanding defensive displays by the Owls’ defensive line-up including outstanding shot stopper Keiren Westwood who captured the Player of the Year award under Stuart Gray.
Wednesday have managed to prevent the opposition from scoring more than once in every three games (36%), that is 14 time out of our 38 league outings. Here is a breakdown of the Owls’ goalkeeper’s clean sheet to game ratio.
Keiren Westwood – 10 clean sheets in 28 appearances (35%)
Joe Wildsmith – 3 clean sheets in 7 appearances (42%)
Lewis Price – 1 clean sheet 5 appearances (20%)
Sheffield Wednesday have already kept 18 clean sheets this season if you were to include both cup competitions, however, the league record is now the aim.
All three goalkeepers have been called upon greatly over the 2015/16 season. Price’s shot stopping saw the blue and white of Sheffield edge past Oxford United in the Capital One Cup. He also played a huge part in the 2-0 victory against Yorkshire rivals Leeds United at Hillsborough.
Not forgetting Wildsmith, whose breakthrough into the first-team this season played a huge part in Sheffield Wednesday’s success to the Capital One Cup quarter-finals. Clean sheets against Newcastle United and Arsenal lead the Owls to the last-eight of the competition. A promising career between the sticks is now expected from the S6 number 28.
March 2016 has seen the best Championship goalkeeper; in my eyes, Westwood keep out the opposition threat on three out of four occasions. Successive 3-0 wins against Nottingham Forest and Charlton has edged Sheffield Wednesday ever closer to the club record and helped moved ourselves three points ahead of Cardiff City in seventh spot.
Wonder goals and home victories have been the main highlight of Wednesday’s season in the league. The experience of Westwood, Price and prospect Wildsmith have now all played a massive role in the fight to maintain a top six finish due to another great campaign of clean sheets.
Four more shut outs this season is certainly in reach to surpass the club record. Best of luck to the squad for the remainder of the season!