Carlos Carvalhal praises Sheffield Wednesday's Joe Wildsmith for performance in 4-1 defeat to Bristol City

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The Portuguese was impressed with his goalkeeper despite the scoreline.

Carlos Carvalhal has praised Joe Wildsmith's performance during Sheffield Wednesday's game against Bristol City on Saturday despite the fact that the goalkeeper had to pick the ball out of his net on four occasions at Ashton Gate, the Sheffield Star reports.

The youngster was initially left out of the matchday squad entirely for the game against the Robins, but Keiren Westwood was forced to pull out during the warm-up due to illness, and rather than turn to substitute stopper Lewis Price, Carvalhal instead threw the 20-year-old straight into the starting line-up.

But while Wildsmith was unable to prevent the 4-1 defeat, and conceded the penalty that led to Lee Johnson's side's final goal, the Portuguese insisted that the starlet can reflect positively on his performance.

"Joe played very well," he told the Star. "When Bristol created chances, Joe was there. He gave confidence to the team but it wasn't our day."

While the keeper was able to make a couple of impressive saves in the defeat, the praise arguably appears to be an attempt by Carvalhal to ensure that his confidence is not shattered.

Wildsmith has performed remarkably well on several occasions this season - including during the wins over Newcastle and Arsenal in the Capital One Cup - and had to come in in difficult circumstances at the weekend, so could certainly be forgiven if he was rusty, perhaps hence why his manager has taken him out of the firing line after one of their worst results of the season.

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