Sheffield Wednesday: Carlos Carvalhal praise for Joe Wildsmith

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Owls starlet Joe Wildsmith is destined to reach the top, according to head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

The lifelong Wednesdayite justified Carvalhal’s faith in him by producing a superb performance against Burnley. It was just Wildsmith’s second Owls start and first in the Championship.

Carvalhal said: “Joe had a very good match. He gave confidence to the team.

“Joe is a very, very good goalkeeper. He has a big, big future. He’s only 19 years old but we trust him 100%.

“I’m very happy with Joe. If he keeps playing like this, he will play more times this season because we trust him a lot.”

The Portuguese said academy graduate Wildsmith will remain in between the sticks at Bolton Wanderers tomorrow, with Keiren Westwood still struggling to shake off a side strain he sustained in training last week.

Carvalhal defended his decision to start rookie Wildsmith over more experienced shot-stopper Lewis Price.

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“Lewis Price is a fantastic professional and did very well but, after his appendix surgery, he has had a problem kicking long balls,” he revealed. “In this game, we needed a keeper to play long balls to (Atdhe) Nuhiu. We needed that quality with our keeper. It made a small difference to choose Joe.”

After back-to-back league defeats, Wednesday defender Tom Lees is calling on the team to respond in a positive fashion.

“It is good that we have got another game straight away to get that (Burnley) out of our system,” he said. “We have got to pick ourselves up.

“We need to respond and hopefully the lads up front will grab a few goals and we can get a clean sheet on Tuesday. It (Bolton) gives us a chance to straight away turn the mood in the camp and we will looking to do that.”