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Woodman Wants Winning Clean Sheets

27 August 2022

Freddie Woodman wants to add to his growing tally of league clean sheets with Preston North End, albeit with more that lead to victories for the side.

Woodman became the first goalkeeper in the club’s history to start a league season with six clean sheets as North End played out a stalemate against Cardiff City in South Wales.

While it was another point on the board for Ryan Lowe’s side, North End’s No.1 said he and his teammates were disappointed with the display and failure to find a goal that could have turned the one point into three.

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Match Report: Cardiff City 0 PNE 0

27 August 2022

Speaking to iFollow PNE post-match, Freddie said: “Personally, I pride myself on clean sheets and we are really happy with the record, but today I think we’re disappointed with our performance. We know we can play better and we need to try to start turning these clean sheets into winning clean sheets.

“You can build from clean sheets, it gives you a chance to win the football match. We’re all doing our bit, you can see some of the blocks the lads made. It was 25 shots or 22 shots, something like that, and the lads are making unbelievable blocks on the edge of the box.

“It’s a team effort to get a clean sheet but we know that we need to try to win these football matches if we’re going to go in the direction that we all want to go in.”

The former Swansea City shot-stopper added that it was a different type of Cardiff City side that he had previously been accustomed to facing in South Wales and said the Lilywhites need to be prepared for opposition teams to counter their threats.

“You come to these places, they are tough, and if we would have got the results in the last couple of games, you would probably come here and take a point.

“We need to try to get wins and three points, that gets you up the league, one point doesn’t, and we need to try and do that.

“It’s tough. Teams are going to do a game plan on us. They know we’re a threat, they’ve seen some of the previous games. To be fair to Cardiff, I thought they were good on the ball, it’s a different Cardiff to what I was used to playing.

“Teams are going to do a job on us and try to stop us playing. It was difficult out there today, the heat, the pitch was dry, it was tough, but we need to overcome that and really turn up and get good performances.”

Freddie said the mood in the camp will remain high as they look to continue improving, as attention switches to another trip south with the visit to Coventry City on Wednesday evening.

“We’re desperate to try to win. It’s a tough one to take, it’s hard, you want to be happy because you’ve kept a clean sheet and you haven’t conceded but on the other hand you want to win football matches and it’s tough.

“We’re just trying to keep the spirits high and keep working hard. We’ll review this like we do every game and see how we can better.

“We’ll be trying to see where we can improve and get better and then we’ll go again on Wednesday.”

Watch more from Freddie on iFollow PNE.

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