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No complaints from Martin as Preston seal win thanks to former Swans keeper Freddie Woodman

01 Nov 2022 3 minute read
Swansea City manager Russell Martin. Photo Isaac Parkin. PA Images

Swansea boss Russell Martin said he had no complaints following the narrow 1-0 defeat against fellow play-off contenders Preston.

Brad Potts fired home the only goal 30 minutes into the first half after Swansea centre-back Harry Darling failed to clear.

The hosts were forced to defend for much of the second half, with the Swans finishing the match with 72 per cent possession, but unable to find a way past the inspired Freddie Woodman in the Preston goal.

Martin said: “We had a couple of scary moments in the first half, but apart from that I thought we dominated.

“I’m not disappointed with the performance at all overall, but one mistake has cost us.

“Their keeper Freddie Woodman has had a brilliant game in the end, and that says a lot.

“Particularly in the second half he made some great saves, and nine times out of 10 we’d have got a result after that performance.

“A couple of the lads were maybe not quite as slick as they normally are and maybe we lacked a bit of composure at times.

“We’ll have these moments of pain over the course of a season of course, but it’s about how you bounce back from them.

“It’s frustrating that we didn’t score, but we gave Preston something to hang on to, and they are good at that, so I have no complaints about the result.”


Preston boss Ryan Lowe praised his side’s character after the hard-fought win on Tuesday evening, which saw his team move level on points with the Swans, who only remain in the top six on goal difference.

He said: “We got it spot on tactically tonight and particularly in the second half we saw the lads produce fantastic character.

“They were forced to put their bodies on the line and I think we nullified their threat.

“I know Swansea had a lot of possession, but to restrict them to just four shots on target is a superb effort from our lads.

“Every player out there showed great character, resilience and desire to see out the victory.

“Swansea threw the kitchen sink at us in the second half, but the lads withstood it and I think overall we deserved the victory.”

One man who particularly stood out for Preston was Woodman, and Lowe praised the former Swansea goalkeeper for yet another clean sheet.

“Those saves from Freddie towards the end really epitomised his performance,” Lowe added.

“Those personal moments are really big for him, and they were definitely ones for him tonight because he used to play for Swansea.

“That’s 11 clean sheets I think now. He’s having a terrific season.”

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