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Howey impressed with Freddie Woodman

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Former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has been impressed with goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in the opening games of the Premier League campaign.

The 24-year-old shot stopper spent the last couple of seasons on loan at Swansea City, keeping 12 clean sheets in his first season at the Liberty Stadium and 22 last season, with Woodman also helping Swansea reach the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

Woodman returned to St James’ Park this summer and it looked like he was heading out on loan again but after an injury to Martin Dubravka, Woodman stayed with Newcastle and has played the club’s opening two Premier League fixtures [Chronicle Live].

Howey has been impressed with the shot-stopper, telling This is Futbol: “I don’t think he’s done a great deal wrong to be quite honest.

“The first game I didn’t think he did anything wrong, couldn’t really do anything with the goals, I think he’d be a little bit disappointed because he saves the penalty and then I think he kind of knocks it out of his own hands with his knee and I think then he’s disappointed with the fact that the Newcastle players switch off and then there’s two West Ham lads come in and finish it off.

“So obviously he will be looking at his players to be more switched on for that, but I don’t think he’s done anything wrong.”

After a couple of defeats early in the season, Newcastle will be hoping to turn their fortunes and form around and replicate some of the form they showed towards the back of last season where they won three of their final five matches.

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