Keiren Westwood dedicated the Owls’ clean sheet in their hard-earned draw at Norwich City to goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes, whose father died on the day of the match.
Just hours after his dad passed away in Doncaster, Rhodes travelled south to lend his support to Carlos Carvalhal’s side as Wednesday deservedly secured a point at Carrow Road.
Westwood, the Owls No 1, told The Star: “It has been a horrendous few days for Andy. He’s had a family tragedy but he has still been there for me and all the other guys.
“It shows the kind of character Andy is. Even in the face of adversity, he stands up and is a strong man.
“He’s my hero and I can’t thank him enough. This clean sheet is dedicated to him and all his family.”
Rhodes played a key role in Westwood moving to Hillsborough in July 2014. He worked with the Republic of Ireland international when he was a teenager in Manchester City’s youth set-up.
Westwood, aged 31, admitted: “Andy has been one of the biggest influences in my career. He is in the background a lot but everything he does for me and the other goalkeepers is top notch.”
Boss Carlos Carvalhal added: “Andy is a big, big professional. He knew his father was dieing but he wanted to come to the game. It is these kind of people who we appreciate a lot.”
Although Wednesday chalked up a second successive clean sheet, Westwood is refusing to get carried with their promising start to the season.
He stressed: “I think anyone would have taken four points against two of the relegated sides. I think we can be happy with that.
“But we haven’t achieved anything yet. It is early days. We are only two games in.
“If we had lost the two games, I wouldn’t have been pushing the panic button. I’m not going to start blowing our trumpet now.
“We are not going to start saying we are going to win the league or run away with it. That would just be silly.
“I don’t think we have surprised anyone. If you look at the teams in the league, you would say we would be one of the teams who are going to be there or thereabouts.”
Westwood felt both sides cancelled each other out on Saturday evening.
“The first half was a bit end to end and they sort of pinned us in towards the end of the half,” he said. “But second half I thought we dominated and had a few good chances.
“It says a lot that we have come to Norwich and got a clean sheet. We could have maybe nicked it but I think 0-0 was a fair scoreline.”