Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star palms away prediction question

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Owls number one Keiren Westwood is staying tight-lipped over where Sheffield Wednesday can finish in the Championship this term.

Refusing to get carried away by the Owls’ encouraging start to the season, he said: “I don’t look far beyond the next game. The matches are going to come thick and fast over the next month.

“We’ve got seven matches in 21 days so we’ve got to keep picking up points and stay unbeaten. In this league if you stay unbeaten, you will climb up the table.”

Stuart Gray’s side have failed to score in their last two outings but Westwood is confident they will soon halt that run.

He said: “It’s no concern. It’s still very early. As long as we keep clean sheets, I’m sure things will click at the other end.

“We are a good side and work hard for each other. We’ve got to keep plugging away and have a bit more belief in ourselves.”

Westwood was forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad who triumphed in Georgia in their opening European Championship 2016 qualifier last week because of tonsillitis. The 29-year-old was deemed not well enough to travel.

He admitted: “It was a shame the way things worked out for me. It was great to get away and be pushing for a place with them.

“It was good to get back in the squad but I’ve got to try now and push for a place. I’ve got to show what I’ve got by playing for Wednesday every week.”

Tonight’s trip to Birmingham City sees the Owls aiming to extend their unbeaten record away from Hillsborough to five matches in all competitions.

Westwood said: “We were very disappointed to come away with a draw from Bolton but we are doing the right things.

“We can take all the positives from it but the hardest thing in the world is sticking the ball in the back of the net.”