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Sheffield Wednesday picked up their first victory in over a month after defeating Charlton Athletic 3-1 at The Valley on Saturday afternoon.
Garry Monk elected for a 4-4-2 formation with Steven Fletcher and Atdhe Nuhiu leading the line, and it paid off with the pair scoring all of the Owls’ goals.
Barry Bannan set up the opener with a perfectly weighted cross as the 32-year-old headed home early in the first half before he was called upon to slot home a penalty ten minutes from time.
The Kosovo international then sealed all three points with a header of his own in the dying stages of injury time.
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Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, Cameron Dawson continued to operate between the sticks in the absence of Keiren Westwood.
The veteran shot-stopper has been out through injury over the past two matches, but Monk revealed that he would have been dropped either way.
Westwood has been at the club since 2014 when Stuart Gray signed him, going on to play 180 times in the blue and white stripes but it could time now be wearing thin?
Dawson is proving to be a very solid option, and with his contract up at the end of the season, Wednesday will have to decide soon whether or not he’s going to be the long-term choice.
The 24-year-old not only has 11 years on his senior, but this season, he has actually outperformed him substantially.
Both goalkeepers have managed four clean sheets this term, though Dawson has done it in nine fewer matches and has only conceded more than two goals in one match compared to Westwood’s five – and even that was to a strong Everton team.
It’s clear to see that he should continue to operate the number one role, but Monk will need to be careful with his contract up at the end of the season – maybe this bit of faith would be enough to convince him to remain.
In other news, Barry Bannan silenced his critics on Saturday….