Swansea City face their rivals Cardiff City tomorrow at the Liberty Stadium. The match will be Freddie Woodman’s first time experiencing the South Wales derby.
However, the 22-year-old is no stranger to bitter rivalries as he witnessed the Tyne-Wear derby from the bench in 2015. That match was one to forget as Fabricio Coloccini was sent off while giving away a penalty in the first half for a shoulder barge.
It was a soft penalty as we remember it. We’ll not mention who took the penalty.
Sunderland went on to win the match 3-0, and it killed any momentum gained from destroying Norwich City 6-2 the week before.
Tomorrow Freddie has the opportunity to witness the atmosphere of another derby, albeit one not as renowned as the one in the North East.
Speaking to Swanseacity.com had this to say about his excitement for tomorrow’s match
“These are the games you want to play in, I cannot wait to get out there and experience that atmosphere and the roar from our fans.
“I am sure the Liberty will be rocking, the fans are so passionate and want this win so much. We will have them in mind and we want to do it for them.
“I experienced the Newcastle v Sunderland derby, that’s a big game and I am in no doubt that this is a very big occasion too.
“One of the things I remember from those games was getting off the coach behind Jack Colback at Sunderland after he had joined Newcastle from Sunderland.
“I remember this deafening noise of boos and stuff heading his way. We lost 3-0 and I had never experienced an atmosphere like it.
“It almost feels like a pure hatred, but I was desperate to get out there. I loved it, and I cannot wait to see how that game compares to this.”
This will be a good experience for Freddie, and the fixture comes at a pivotal time for both clubs. They are struggling in the league at the moment and are currently situated outside of the play-off places.
Swansea City have dropped to the 9th spot in the Championship after a rough patch of form.
Cardiff are not enjoying their time back in the second-tier either as they are in 14th position.