Freddie Woodman | We won't let late strikes affect us
Freddie Woodman is confident Swansea City won’t let their recent late setbacks affect them in their pursuit of a play-off spot.
Steve Cooper’s side were left rueing a late goal for the second consecutive game as sub Bradley Johnson earned Blackburn Rovers a 2-2 draw at Ewood Park with his 94th-minute deflected strike.
It came on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Fulham on Wednesday night, with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late header sinking the Swans, while Hull snatched a point in a 4-4 draw earlier this month thanks to a goal deep into stoppage time.
The Swans sit four points off sixth-placed Preston with 10 games remaining in the Championship campaign.
And Woodman, who saved his second penalty of the week after denying former Swan Danny Graham from the spot in the second half in Lancashire, insists the squad will keep battling away for a top-six position.
“The dressing room is deflated. We should have come away with the three points,” said the loanee keeper.
“We dug in deep in the second half. We’re disappointed but these things happen in football. We just know we have to keep going, keep fighting and keep trying to pick up points.
“When you look at the goal, it’s taken a massive deflection. The luck was on their side today but I’m sure it’ll even itself out at the end of the season and we’ll start scoring goals towards the end of games as well.”
The Swans had trailed to Sam Gallagher’s goal but Rhian Brewster levelled for the visitors just before the break.
Andre Ayew then stepped up to score his 14th goal of the season from the spot minutes after the interval, and when Woodman saved Graham’s penalty it looked like the Swans were on course for a first away win since beating Luton before Christmas.
But Johnson’s late, late deflected goal broke the Swans’ hearts.
“Going 1-0 down was disappointing. We’ll be the first to admit that we weren’t great in the first half, but we came out in the second half and were on the front foot,” added Woodman.
“We’re playing positively at the moment and I think the fans can see that. We are together with the fans and everyone is on board with the way we’re playing. We just need to see these games out, but that will come with experience.”
Of his penalty heroics, he added: “I remember saying after the Derby one that penalty saves just seem to follow me around. If you do your homework and you feel confident then you give yourself the best chance.
“From 12 yards out, it’s easier to score so, as the goalkeeper, you’ve just got to try and make it as difficult as you can.
“It’s always nice to save a penalty, but it would be better to do it and go on to get a positive result. It’s been difficult for me to take over the past two games; I’ve tried to help the team as much as I could, but we’ve not come away with the results we’ve wanted.
“I’m happy with my overall game at the moment. I’m glad that people look at my penalty saves, but it’s important that my overall game is still at a good level - coming for crosses, making saves and playing out from the back well. I feel like I’ve done that in the past few games.”