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Sheffiel Wednesday v Chesterfield.....Owls Penalty shoot out hero keeper Nicky Weaver
Sheffiel Wednesday v Chesterfield.....Owls Penalty shoot out hero keeper Nicky Weaver
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RICHARD O’Donnell has given Gary Megson extra confidence in his goalkeeping department.

O’Donnell’s run in the team showed to the Owls manager that he has capable back-up for Nicky Weaver.

Unproven: But stand-in Richard O'Donnell impressedWednesday manager Gary Megson in his eight-game stint before the return of 'the best keeper in the division'  Nicky Weaver.                         Pictures: Steve Ellis

Unproven: But stand-in Richard O'Donnell impressedWednesday manager Gary Megson in his eight-game stint before the return of 'the best keeper in the division' Nicky Weaver. Pictures: Steve Ellis

Although Weaver’s status as No 1 was underlined by his return against Swindon, Megson has words of consolation for O’Donnell as well as praise for the senior man.

Weaver vindicated his recall by making a brilliant double save during Monday’s 3-1 win.

Megson says: “It was a great save, because the first shot took a huge deflection; he kept it out with his foot and made the other save after that.

“He’s a good goalkeeper. He didn’t have a huge amount to do, but what’s he’s done he’s done with an assurance about him.

“It’s no reflection on Richard O’Donnell that he wasn’t in the team. It’s difficult for the two younger goalkeepers, because we’ve got, in my view, the best goalkeeper in the division.”

O’Donnell came in to make his debut and maintain good form at a time when both Weaver and the previous No 2 keeper, Arron Jameson, were injured.

Megson reflects: “We were left with just an unproven and untried goalkeeper, but he’s done really well, we’re really pleased with him.

“There’s no such thing as the first choice goalkeeper; we’ve got three, and whichever is playing best will be in the team.

“Nick knows that he’s got competition, I’m sure, through training, but now he also knows that we would be comfortable with any of the three.”

Lee Nicholls, signed on loan from Wigan, was on the bench until Weaver returned to the squad at Walsall, on schedule after being out for a month with a groin injury.

O’Donnell played eight successive games, and Megson kept faith with him at Walsall though Weaver was fit.

After the games against Walsall and Swindon, Wednesday will have another say in the relegation issue at Bristol Rovers away on Saturday.