How Sheffield Wednesday ace Cameron Dawson enhanced his reputation against Stoke City

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There was one Wednesday player who enhanced his reputation in their miserable Boxing Day outing against Stoke City.

Cameron Dawson continues to grow in stature and put in another accomplished performance in goal at the bet365 Stadium.

The 24-year-old produced a string of impressive saves to frustrate the Potters.

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Without Dawson, the Owls would have lost by a far bigger margin.

Owls goalkeeper Cameron DawsonOwls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson
Owls goalkeeper Cameron Dawson

"He was fantastic and deserved more than what he got," boss Garry Monk told The Star.

It was Dawson's 11th appearance in the Championship and the first time he has tasted defeat in the league.

But he could do little about Stoke's three goals as Wednesday suffered their first defeat in seven matches.

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Monk said: "As a team, we win and lose together. We know there will be setbacks along the way.

"We are not going to go overboard. We have to be honest with each other and deal with this setback.

"We have got a good group and I expect to see a reaction from the team. We have done it before and we need to show a reaction again."

The Owls entertain 11th-placed Cardiff City on Sunday aiming to extend their unbeaten home run to nine matches.

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"I am expecting a tight, competitive game," said Monk, who is keeping his fingers crossed that Steven Fletcher (illness) is ready to return. "In this period especially, a lot of it is down to fine margins.

"We need to show that fight and will to win."

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