Steve Cooper's penalty praise for Freddie Woodman

1st March 2020
First team
Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper hailed Freddie Woodman’s latest spotkick heroics after he saved his second penalty within three days.

Woodman looked set to have kept Swansea City on course for a 2-1 victory against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday when he kept out ex-Swan Danny Graham’s second-half penalty.

Although Rovers would go on to level deep in injury time to deny the Swans a hard-earned triumph in Lancashire.

Woodman had done the same to deny Aleksandar Mitrovic on Wednesday night, reacting well to stop the Serbian’s spotkick in a game which Fulham won deep into injury time.

It means the loanee keeper has saved three penalties this season – the other came in the second game of the campaign as he stopped Martyn Waghorn’s 12-yard effort in a 0-0 draw at Derby.

And Cooper was full of praise for the 22-year-old.

Freddie Woodman

“It’s an excellent attribute to be saving penalties on a regular basis,” Cooper said of his young goalkeeper.

“It’s not luck. It’s something he works hard on.

“We love Freddie. He’s been brilliant for us and has shown his true worth this season, particularly this week.

“Let’s hope he doesn’t have any more to save, though!”