Swansea City goalkeeper Freddie Woodman has taken to his personal Instagram account to issue a message to supporters and hail Andre Ayew following the Swans’ 1-0 win against Barnsley in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.
Woodman was one of Swansea’s most crucial performers on the night and he had to be at his best during the second half to keep Barnsley at bay when they were on top. He managed to make a four saves in total, including one excellent one to deny Callum Brittain on the follow up from close range after he had palmed away an effort from Carlton Morris.
In the end, Woodman’s second-half interventions were enough to help Swansea keep an all-important clean sheet. That means they now take a 1-0 lead into the second leg at the Liberty Stadium, with Ayew’s excellent curling finish the difference between the two sides in the first leg at Oakwell. Steve Cooper’s side will be confident they can get to Wembley now.
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Following the win at Barnsley, Woodman took to his personal Instagram account to issue a message to supporters and his teammates ahead of the second leg. While he was also keen to heap praise on Ayew following the moment of class he produced for the winning goal on the night.
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Woodman was an excellent performer for the Swans in their win at Barnsley and he was a key reason as to why they have a lead to take back with them to the Liberty Stadium. You can see what it means to him by his message here and he will be doing all he can between the sticks to ensure that they manage to see out the second leg and reach the play-off final.
The Newcastle United loanee has been in magnificent form all the way through the campaign and he has now kept 21 clean sheets in all in the regular season and now the play-offs. That is a remarkable record and it shows that the Swans have a massive chance of being able to get to Wembley now. However, he will likely need to be at his best once again in the second leg.
The keeper is right to praise Ayew for his finish, it was a moment of pure quality that was more than worthy of settling the first leg. The forward is a player that possesses quality beyond Championship level and that was on show at Oakwell. If he can deliver another big moment in the second leg then that could be enough for the Swans to make it to Wembley.