‘Why not?’ – Verdict given after Joe Wildsmith’s vital clean sheet for Sheffield Wednesday

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Darren Moore says that Joe Wildsmith has given him something to think about after his clean sheet in the win over Bolton Wanderers.

Neither goalkeeper was particularly busy in the encounter at Hillsborough on Saturday as Sheffield Wednesday ran out as 1-0 winners in S6, but Wildsmith pulled off a big save during the game and also made a couple of big punches as they held onto the lead.

Wildsmith started in the Papa John’s Trophy win over Mansfield Town and again against the Trotters due to Bailey Peacock-Farrell being away on international duty, and he did his chances of keeping his place for Wimbledon no harm at all with a solid performance.

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When asked if Wildsmith had staked his claim to maintain his position when Peacock-Farrell returns next week, Moore said, “Yeah, why not? Joe’s done superb in the cup match and here today… I thought his decision-making at the end, to come and punch to relieve the pressure, was really good. It relieved things for the team, and I thought his decision-making was good.

“He’s come in and had the two games, and I was pleased for him to have the cup match on Tuesday - I thought he was clean, and today his decision-making was good and he pulled off a wonderful save that was excellent.

“It was a clean sheet, so happy days. We’ll see how it goes in the week, and we’ll look at the situation for the next game.”

Wednesday face Wimbledon next Saturday at 3pm.