Darren Moore says 'wonderful acquisition' can make an impact in Sheffield Wednesday relegation dogfight
Sheffield Wednesday take on Huddersfield Town on Wednesday evening desperate to end a run of seven consecutive defeats and breathe new life into a faltering Championship survival bid.
New manager Darren Moore has shown he is not afraid to ring the changes, making four ahead of Sunday’s narrow defeat to table-topping Norwich City in a system switch around.
One man that seems set to play a big part, though, is veteran goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who made a fine first-half save against the Canaries before he was beaten by two classy finishes from Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell respectively.
Moore had said that the battle for the gloves at Hillsborough would be fought as keenly as in positions all over the pitch and it was Westwood who ran out on top after coming through an 11th-hour fitness test.
He had missed the previous four matches with a rib injury.
“He trained on Saturday and we are delighted to have him back for that experience, knowledge and know-how,” Moore said on the selection of the former Republic of Ireland international. “It was wonderful to have him back.
“Joe has been superb but Keiren has that experience. He will be a wonderful acquisition for us for the remainder of the season.”
Asked how difficult a decision it was to plump for Westwood ahead of Joe Wildsmith, Moore said: “It was a tough decision because Joe has done well but I just felt we needed the experience of Keiren with where we are at right now.
“Experience is key and I thought he played a wonderful part in the game.”