'I'm immensely proud of every single one of my team mates' - Keiren Westwood hails Sheffield Wednesday players after season comes to an end in play-off agony

Keiren Westwood reacts after saving Jack Payne's penalty at Hillsborough
Keiren Westwood reacts after saving Jack Payne's penalty at Hillsborough
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Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has spoken of his pride in his Owls team mates and the season they have had, despite Wednesday night's agonising play-off defeat.

Having been tied at 1-1 with Huddersfield Town at Hillsborough, Wednesday saw their Wembley dream come crashing down via a penalty shoot-out in a night of high drama on S6.

Westwood looked to have kept the Owls in the tie by saving from Jack Payne, but Danny Ward in the Huddersfield goal denied Fernando Forestieri and with that went the dream of a Wembley date for the second season in a row.

However, far from focusing on the pain felt at going out in such a cruel fashion after a long, arduous season, Westwood took time on his twitter page to praise the hard work put in my his team mates and the bond in which the squad has.

The post read: "Devastated in an understatement, I genuinely thought we could go on better than last season.

"I just wanted to say I'm immensely proud of this season and every single one of my teammates. To a man they've been fantastic. We've all played our part. It's been an absolutely pleasure to play for this fantastic football club and this great team this season. The way we all work for each other and team spirit is there for everyone to see."

Westwood went on to hail the guts shown by each of the Wednesday players who stepped up to take a penalty on the night.

Sam Hutchinson missed his, with Barry Bannan, Kieran Lee and Jack Hunt all converting before Forestieri's was saved.

The keeper added: "Before anyone tries to play the blame game and point the finger at anyone. All the lads that took pens, whether they missed or scored. Remember...it takes some courage to step up there. Put your self on the line to be a hero or a villain, I have so much time for that you wouldn't believe.

"There's nothing else to say, apart from we'll have to go again. 3rd time lucky as they say."

Keiren Westwood saves a penalty

Keiren Westwood saves a penalty

Bannan had earlier echoed those sentiments on his own twitter page, saying: "Gutted is a understatement. Just wanna thank the fans and my teamates for this season you have been brilliant and we will be back."