Freddie Woodman salutes "brilliant shift" after victory at Barnsley

18th May
First team
Freddie Woodman

Freddie Woodman saluted Swansea City for rolling up their sleeves and doing the dirty work in order to secure a 1-0 win at Barnsley in their Championship play-off semi-final first leg.

Steve Cooper’s side take a slender advantage into the return leg thanks to Andre Ayew’s first-half goal at Oakwell.

It proved the difference in a tight encounter in Yorkshire, with Woodman making a string of crucial saves including a double stop to deny Carlton Morris and Callum Brittain.

And Woodman was full of praise for his team-mates’ efforts which saw them clinch a 21st clean sheet of the Championship campaign.

Freddie Woodman

“It’s a really good result. We went there to win and that’s what we did, but we found out last year that a 1-0 lead means nothing,” said Woodman.

“We’ve gone to Barnsley before, and it was the same – a battle. We knew they were going to put up a fight and it wasn’t going to be the prettiest game, but we had to do the dirty work.

“The whole team put a brilliant shift in. We can say that about most of the games this season.

“It is quite exciting when you’re busy and making saves to keep a clean sheet. I’m really happy that I’m playing my part in this team, and long may it continue.”