Sheffield Wednesday: Relieved Keiren Westwood says he'll learn from Brentford howler

Keiren Westwood has vowed to learn from his mistake in Sheffield Wednesday's hard-earned draw at Brentford.

Sunday, 28th August 2016, 23:02 pm
Updated Monday, 29th August 2016, 24:11 am
Owls keeper Kieren Westwood after his mistake lead to the Brentford goal looks to the heavans at the final whistle Pic...Steve Ellis

The experienced goalkeeper saw his attempted clearance in the 54th minute charged down by Lasse Vibe, whose block cannoned into an unguarded net to put the Bees ahead.

Westwood, who has played a key role in the Owls recording 17 clean sheets in each of their last two Championship seasons, was relieved to see Sam Hutchinson head home an equaliser in added on time.

Brentford goal....Pic Steve Ellis

He said: “I looked to try and play out from the back and I took an extra touch which I probably shouldn’t have done. I got caught. It cost me in the end.

“These things happen but it was disappointing.

“But you live and learn. I am 31 but you are always learning in this game. I’m always wanting to improve my game but thankfully we came up with a goal that we thoroughly deserved.”

Westwood, away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland this week, thanked Wednesday’s travelling fans for their vocal support at the final whistle.

Owls keeper Kieren Westwood after his mistake lead to the Brentford goal holds his head at the final whistle has he walks off with Andy Rhodes.Pic...Steve Ellis

“It was frustrating but the fans stuck with me,” he said. “They were great and gave me a great reception after the full-time whistle.

“It is a fantastic club to play for and I’m very lucky to have the backing of the fans.”

The draw moved Wednesday up to 19th in the Championship standings but extended their winless run to five matches in all competitions.

Westwood said: “We absolutely dominated the game and let’s not make no bones about it. We battered them.

Owls keeper Kieren Westwood after his mistake lead to the Brentford goal gives a relieved smile to the fans at the final whistle. Pic...Steve Ellis

“It should have been a victory but it wasn’t and we move on.”

David Jones will miss the Owls’ Hillsborough clash with Wigan Athletic after the two-week international break following his red card for two bookable offences at Griffin Park.

Brentford goal....Pic Steve Ellis
Owls keeper Kieren Westwood after his mistake lead to the Brentford goal holds his head at the final whistle has he walks off with Andy Rhodes.Pic...Steve Ellis
Owls keeper Kieren Westwood after his mistake lead to the Brentford goal gives a relieved smile to the fans at the final whistle. Pic...Steve Ellis