14 Mar Freddie Woodman glad to deliver under pressure
Aberdeen goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was confident he would make his mark in Tuesday’s William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final shootout but admitted he felt the pressure going into the late drama.
The on-loan Newcastle man saved three spot-kicks to give the Dons a 3-2 win against his former club Kilmarnock and a place in the semi-finals against Motherwell.
Woodman saved a penalty in the Under-20s World Cup final last year to help England beat Venezuela so had a good feeling ahead of the shootout following the 1-1 replay draw.
But he dismissed the notion that nothing is expected of goalkeepers during a process that produces heroes and fall guys.
“When it goes to penalties, with the sort of person I am, I am very confident going into them,” Woodman told Red TV. “I feel I have a good track record in penalties and I do homework
“I felt confident and our lads’ penalties were of top quality, which always helps the goalkeeper.
“People say we don’t have anything to lose but we are still part of the team and we have still got a quarter-final to lose. I felt the pressure of that and I delivered.”
Woodman faces a battle to play in the semi-final on April 14 as Joe Lewis is due to return from a knee injury before then.
The 21-year-old moved north in January after Lewis was injured but is eager to savour the Hampden atmosphere next month.
“I have wanted to play there for a long time,” he said. “I drove past Hampden when I first came to Scotland with Kilmarnock. It’s a quality stadium, it’s Scotland’s Wembley.
“So if I get the chance to play there I will be delighted, I am just so happy that the team could make it to the semi-finals.”