Chris Hughton discusses Keiren Westwood’s season-saving stop for Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest manager, Chris Hughton, says that Keiren Westwood’s penalty stop for Sheffield Wednesday was a ‘big moment’ for the Owls.
A mix-up involving Westwood and Adam Reach led to a penalty kick being given to Forest towards the end of the first half on Saturday afternoon, however the Irish international came to the rescue as he pulled off a great save to stop Lewis Grabban from giving the visitors the lead.
Wednesday haven’t won a single point from a losing position at any point over the course of the season, so history would suggest that – had Grabban scored – it would’ve meant three points for the Reds and ultimately relegation for the Owls.
Hughton, who admitted that he was disappointed that his side didn’t win the game, said afterwards that it would’ve been a different game altogether had Westwood not got a big hand to the spot kick.
As quoted by the club’s official website, the Forest boss said, “It was a good save and it changes the game. At 1-0 down at half-time, their game has to change in the second half and they have to come out a bit more, and maybe that would give us an opportunity to increase the lead and it is a big moment for them, particularly just before half-time as it gives them a lift.
“It would have been a different game, their mindset is different, perhaps they throw an extra body up front, and the game would open up, it would have to. It would have been a half when the opposition is throwing everything at you but the spaces would have been bigger and perhaps we would have capitalised on those spaces.”
The 0-0 draw, coupled with Derby County’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea City, means that this season’s Championship relegation scrap will go down to the last day on May 8th, however Wednesday need a favour from Luton Town tomorrow night when they face Rotherham United.
Should the Millers win either of their two remaining games – the other is against Cardiff City – then it’ll make it very difficult for Wednesday to stay up even if they beat Derby.