Steve Black Helping Top Newcastle Youngster Do Well On Loan

Crawley Town recently went on a four game losing streak, but on Saturday they bounced back when they beat bottom club Newport County on the road 3-0.

And that was Freddie Woodman´s third clean sheet of the season and he is one of the shining lights at Crawley Town in what has been a disappointing season so far with the team 4th bottom of League Two.

freddie woodman in action at Newport

Freddie Woodman in action at Newport County

Woodman became the number one at Crawley when he arrived on loan even though he had never played a competitive first team game before, and he is one of England´s best young goalkeeper and has played for the England U16,U17, U18 and U19 sides.

However, Freddie was really impressive in pre-seaosn for Newcastle when he got a chance and he was particularly good when the team toured America in July.

The Crawley News is reporting that “Crawley manager Mark Yates´ faith in Woodman’s ability has proved spot-on so far, with the Newcastle youngster putting is some assured performances.”

This is what Freddie has said in the Crawley news today:

“I’d rather come on loan and have a lot to do,” “It’s obviously not nice conceding four goals twice but I have to deal with it. I’ve been happy with my performances but it’s about the team and getting the wins.”

“I try not to get too down about it but when you concede everyone looks at the keeper.”  “It’s not always the case, though, so I just have to get on with it. It’s happened and it’s in the past. I look at the games and I learn from what I’ve done and what I could do better and I go from there.”

“I’ve enjoyed every minute here, and it sounds strange, but even when we are losing. It’s been amazing. I didn’t think I’d been playing in League Two this season. I feel like I’ve done well, though.”

“I think coming for crosses was a big thing. Everyone thought a 18-year-old kid in League Two wouldn’t come for crosses but I’ve got no fear.”  “Confidence is a big thing in football,” “That’s why I work closely on the psychological side of it. It’s something I’ve done off my own back.”

“I’ve been doing it for two years and it really interests me. I’ve been working with Steve Black, he used to work with Jonny Wilkinson, and now he works Newcastle after Steve McClaren brought him in.”

“I ring him quite a bit and he gives me tasks to do that add to my game.”  “He drills good habits into me, like playing the game in five minutes; you break the game down and if you can be brilliant for five minutes every five minutes then you’ve had the perfect match.”

“But if you’ve had a bad five minutes, you forget about that and focus on having a good next five minutes.” “And if people see my Twitter, I read quite a lot. Mainly self-improvement books. I just pick out little things from the books.”

There´s a lad trying to improve himself while out on loan and all credit to the 18 year-old.

Everybody who works with Steve Black seems to have a high opinion of him and it´s great he´s helping Freddie while he´s out on loan.

Rolando Aarons also talked highly of Black recently in an interview and said Steve must be the most positive person in the world.

It looks like Freddie is doing really well at Crawley Town and let´s hope the team can start climbing that league table.

Woodman´s loan ends in early January, but it could be extended through the end of the season if it´s in the best interests of both clubs and in Freddie´s best interests too.

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