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‘Calms everything down’: Pulis singles out Owls ace for praise in Coventry win

Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis singled out Keiren Westwood for praise for Owls Youtube Channel and claims the goalkeeper calms everything down for his side.

The Owls recorded their first win under Pulis in nine attempts.

Tom Lees scored the only goal of the game, getting on the end of a superb Barry Bannan set-piece and netting past Coventry City goalkeeper Ben Wilson.

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The Sky Blues attempted to get back into the game. However, they were thwarted by Westwood as the 36-year-old kept his first clean sheet since his recall to the side.

Speaking to reporters, Pulis claims the Irishman brings calmness at the back.

“It was a real battling performance from us today. Again, we were missing quite a few players but the players who stepped in played their part and done really well. It was nice to have Westy in goal. He calms everything down. When he was called upon, he made a couple of really, really good saves for us.”

Westwood began the campaign completely out of favour. He wasn’t named in the 25-man squad with goalkeepers Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson ahead of him.

But since Pulis replaced Garry Monk as manager, the former Middlesbrough manager’s first task was to reinstate the experienced Irishman as the number one at Hillsborough.

Westwood’s return was hampered by an injury at Swansea City which side-lined him for six matches, but Pulis was able to count on him again for the visit of Coventry.

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In a must-win encounter, the Owls claimed all three points to move them off the bottom of the Championship table, replacing Wycombe Wanderers on goal difference.

Pulis later said he wants to work on getting more clean sheets as he plots Wednesday’s survival while January will provide an opportunity to bolster his attacking options.

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