Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray hails hero Keiren Westwood

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Owls boss Stuart Gray singled out goalkeeper Keiren Westwood for special praise after their hard-fought victory over bottom-of-the-table Blackpool.

Westwood produced an outstanding save after the break to keep out Ishmael Miller’s header as Wednesday sealed their third home win of the campaign thanks to a 39th minute penalty by Chris Maguire.

Keiren Westwood is embraced by Royston Drenthe after the win over Blackpool.

Keiren Westwood is embraced by Royston Drenthe after the win over Blackpool.

Gray said: “It’s probably the best save Keiren has made this season. Keiren had very little to do in the game but his concentration levels were very good.

“I’m sure their centre forward is beating himself up there wondering how he has not scored. It was a fantastic save.”

Although the Owls chief was pleased they recorded their 12th clean sheet, he bemoaned the side’s below-par finishing.

“We needed to kill them off and get the second goal,” said Gray, who confirmed skipper Glenn Loovens missed out, having failed a fitness test on a hamstring problem. “I thought we dominated the ball.

“We had some good play and got into some good areas. I was just disappointed we didn’t get that second goal to take the pressure off ourselves.”

Victory moved Wednesday up to 13th but Gray feels they can do better in the second half of the season.

He also praised Maguire for converting the penalty but reckons there is more to come from the versatile forward.

“Credit Chris for stepping and up and sticking it away,” said Gray.

“Chris got 10 goals towards the back end of last season and hopefully that will kick-start him.”