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Pushing for performance

12 February 2023

Darren Moore emphasised the importance of a competitive goalkeeping department following Cameron Dawson’s vital penalty save against Ipswich on Saturday.

The Owls academy graduate was called into action from the spot early into the Portman Road clash, saving Conor Chaplin’s penalty to keep the scores level before Wednesday hit the front with two goals.

The hosts went on to earn a draw with goals either side of the break, and Moore highlighted Dawson’s save as a key moment in the game.


Moore said: “If that goes in, it gives momentum to the home crowd.

“For Cameron Dawson to stand up and save the penalty with his legs, it was a great save.

“It was a brilliant save and he’s certainly played his part in us coming away with a point.”


The Owls manager was keen to underline how important a strong goalkeeping unit is, with David Stockdale adding competition for the in-form Dawson.

Moore added: “When Cameron Dawson came into the team, I didn’t think David Stockdale had done much wrong.

“I just thought about putting him in for the Oxford game. Oxford like a lot of shots from outside the box and I thought Cameron would be the right goalkeeper for that game.


“He’s come in and just not looked back, but David is pushing him in training as normal. I think David has racked up 10 or 11 clean sheets and now Cameron has probably chalked up five or six and he keeps going.

“Credit to him and the way they both push each other.

“I think you need two or three goalkeepers, because if one of them gets injured you need the third one pushing. I think you need three who are all vying for that number one spot.


“If you pick one that predominantly knows he’s going to play, that’s the wrong one. I’ve always said to both of them, that they’ll be pushing for number one and whoever is doing it at the time gets in.

“For outfield players, they all get a chance to play because of the way we play with different positions and there’s more opportunity.

“But for goalkeepers, there’s only one position and only one of them can get in and at the moment Cam has done really well, but David Stockdale has done nothing wrong and he’s waiting in the wings if we need to change it.”

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