Sheffield Wednesday: Owls star urges club to ‘stick together’ after Derby County defeat

Owls keeper Kieren Westwood....Pic Steve Ellis
Owls keeper Kieren Westwood....Pic Steve Ellis
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Keiren Westwood is calling on everyone at Sheffield Wednesday to “stick together” in the wake of their 2-0 loss at Derby County.

Carlos Carvalhal’s charges suffered a third straight defeat on the road after goals either side of half-time by Matej Vydra and Bradley Johnson.

Vydra converted a fifth minute penalty after Glenn Loovens, making his first start in over two months after recovering from a hip problem, was dismissed for bundling over Vydra in the box.

Despite a battling performance by the visitors, substitute Johnson added a second in the dying minutes to condemn the Owls to a fourth loss in five Championship outings.

In a lengthy message posted on social networking site Twitter on Saturday night, Westwood said: “We have to stick together and come through it together.”

The goalkeeper, who returned to action following a three-match lay-off due to a rib injury, exchanged words with an Owls fan after the final whistle but moved quickly to play down the incident.

Owls keeper Kieren Westwood....Pic Steve Ellis

Owls keeper Kieren Westwood....Pic Steve Ellis

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He wrote: “After the match, there was no confrontation, no argument, no aggression. Nothing....Just a discussion with a fan at the end of a frustrating match.

“Us, as a team, understand the frustrations from the supporters. We too are as frustrated as you about the last few weeks, but today was always going to be tough. A goal and a man down after four minutes.

“We gave everything and worked as hard as we could to get back into the game, but it wasn’t to be.

“The feedback I got was there was fighting between the supporters today. Listen...that’s the last thing that needs to be happening. There’s kids, families at matches and safety is paramount.

“If anything, in tough times we should be together, united and try to be as one. As a team, as a support and as a club.”

Republic of Ireland international Westwood pulled off a series of fine saves at Pride Park and there were cries of ‘There’s Only One Keiren Westwood’ from the away end as he left the pitch to head back to Wednesday’s dressing room.