Garry Monk has addressed Keiren Westwood’s performance during Sheffield Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City on Saturday.
Westwood dropped a Swansea corner into the path of Andre Ayew for the visitors’ first goal and failed to connect with an attempted punch, which allowed Ben Wilmot to equalise at the death.
It could also be argued that the popular Republic of Ireland goalkeeper was at fault for Blackburn’s leveller in a 2-1 defeat for the Owls last time out, although he made a string of superb saves throughout each game.
Wednesday also have Cameron Dawson and the fit-again Joe Wildsmith competing for a place in goal and some fans on social media are debating a change of ‘keeper.
But Monk was quick to change the subject when asked about his current first choice by BBC Radio Sheffield post-Swansea.
“That’s the life of a goalkeeper,” said the Sheffield Wednesday manager. “A couple of situations he could have done better with and then (he had) a couple of fantastic moments where he made good saves.
“Both teams had chances. First half, we dominated the chances. We should have really had a good lead at that point and then second half, they had some chances as well. But incredible fight from the players, and that spirt. That’s something that we really need to keep and harness. That’s been there in every game and that’s critical.
“As much as we can all get frustrated and disappointed, as we are, we have to stay level and focused on backing these players and appreciate the effort and committment that they’re doing. You can see they clearly want to fight for that shirt and fight to (make us) successful again.
“We’re going to have to take some disappointments and going to have to learn from them. We talked about it after last week so I’m disappointed to have seen that in this gane. But that’s stuff we’re going to have to keep working through and make sure we get that right the next time we face it.”
Dawson, who like Wildsmith is out of contract at Sheffield Wednesday next summer, is reported to have interest from several clubs ahead of the January transfer window.