Freddie Woodman | Golden Glove award is a team achievement
Freddie Woodman believes his Sky Bet Championship Golden Glove award is purely down to a collective effort at Swansea City.
The goalkeeper, on loan from Newcastle United for a second season, was presented with his trophy after keeping the most clean sheets in the Championship this term.
Woodman kept 20 clean sheets during the regular campaign, which has seen the Swans qualify for the play-offs.
An impressive figure between the sticks, the 24-year-old has again impressed during his second spell at the Liberty.
And Woodman was quick to share the accolade with his team-mates.
“I feel guilty for accepting it because many people look at clean sheets as down to the goalkeeper, but I know how hard the team has worked for clean sheets,” said Woodman.
“Every clean sheet we’ve had this season, after the game it’s always been a collective congratulations to everyone.
“While my name is on the award, it’s the team that has really won the award. Every player has played their part and should feel proud.
“It’s a massive team effort, and it’s an amazing achievement to keep 20 clean sheets in the Championship.
“Keeping clean sheets gives the team a huge opportunity to win matches, and it’s put us in a great position in the league.
“Hopefully we can take this into the play-offs.”
The Swans’ record of 24 league clean sheets came under Paulo Sousa during the 2009-10 season, with Dutchman Dorus de Vries also winning the division’s Golden Glove award.
And Woodman revealed Swans first-team coach Alan Tate, who featured alongside de Vries in that team, had been speaking to him about that record throughout the season.
“Tatey waits for us after games to see us off, and if we get a clean sheet then he’d say ‘one more down’,” added Woodman.
“He got 24 clean sheets during one season when Dorus de Vries was in goal, and we were making good progress for that this season, so I’d say ‘we’re going to beat the record’. We didn’t manage that, but it’s still a very good amount and it’s one we can be very proud of.”