Freddie Woodman | Lessons learned and attitude key to defensive record

13th February 2021
First team
Freddie Woodman

Freddie Woodman believes past lessons have helped Swansea City form a sound defensive platform and attitude as they target a 16th Championship clean sheet against Nottingham Forest.

The Swans, who boast the best defensive record in the EFL, saw their weekend fixture at Sheffield Wednesday postponed due to a frozen pitch, with Steve Cooper’s side next in action on Wednesday when they host Forest at the Liberty.

Despite exiting the FA Cup at the hands of Premier League leaders Manchester City last time out, the Swans are buoyed by their recent form in the league, which sees them vying for the top spots in the Championship.

And Woodman, who has again excelled between the sticks during his second loan spell from Newcastle United, can point to one particular goal as a significant example of the attitude within the Swans squad.

Freddie Woodman

“We beat Rotherham and were really happy, but we were disappointed when we came in after the full-time whistle because we'd conceded,” said Woodman of the 3-1 victory at the ASSEAL New York Stadium last month.

“It was quite strange really, because we’ve not conceded goals which have come from a long throw. We looked at it, sat down and everyone in this team takes ownership, which is massive.

“I think we're learning from our mistakes, which is massive as well. We're improving all the time and really happy with the results.

“But I think that it’s important that, despite winning the game, we were all disappointed with the manner in which we conceded.

“It shows a good attitude and a squad that is wanting to improve in every moment.”

Freddie Woodman

Woodman has made 30 appearances in all competitions during his second spell in SA1. The 23-year-old continues to prove a reliable figure in goal as the Swans look to continue building on their form so far this season.

And the keeper revealed he’s thoroughly enjoying his latest loan spell at the Liberty.

“I love being here. I just want to enjoy every day,” he added. “I was chatting with MMA fighter Brett Johns the other day and he said ‘a happy fighter equals a happy life'.

“I stepped back and thought, 'he’s right' and I can relate to that - a happy footballer equals a happy life. I'm really enjoying my football at the minute.”