It’s very easy to see why Preston North End keeper Freddie Woodman is attracting interest, says supporter John Smith

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​We stretched our unbeaten run to five matches with a creditable draw against Watford at Vicarage Road which on reflection was probably a fair result .

​In the first half I thought we were the best side once we had settled down after the opening few minutes but our shots on goal were mainly from distance and although our teams effort was plain to see we ended up going into the interval with a blankety blank scoreline

Although he Hornets got on top for long parts of the second half they did not possess any real venom in their attacks to sting or inflict any discomfort on our watertight defence.

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Our best chance in this half came on a counter attack when Troy Parrot burst through on goal and was brought down just outside the area.

Freddie Woodman applauds the travelling supporters at the end of the matchFreddie Woodman applauds the travelling supporters at the end of the match
Freddie Woodman applauds the travelling supporters at the end of the match

In my opinion the referee was definitely in need of borrowing a pair of Watford's former owner Elton Johns huge glasses as amazingly he failed to see any foul in the incident which could have turned this tight game in our favour.

It was Freddie Woodman's birthday and while there was no cake or candles on the pitch for him to blow out he did manage to celebrate it by keeping his 15th clean sheet of the season but although he made a couple of saves, in truth he was barely troubled.

It has emerged this week that two Premier League clubs along with Glasgow Rangers are allegedly interested in signing him which I think is hardly surprising considering his very capable performances during this season.

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The signing of a quality player like Woodman who is the only signing we have paid a transfer fee for this season shows what you can do in terms of strengthening your squad by signing young players who have already proved themselves at this level for the right price.

If unfortunately you do have to sell them on by adopting this transfer policy you can make a healthy profit and then the money received can be reinvested to improve the quality of the squad and help build a stronger team which is something I personally think we have not done particularly well in recent seasons.

Although I think Woodman could have done better with a couple of goals which we have conceded since the World Cup break there is no doubt in my mind that he has almost single-handedly at times won us several points earlier in this campaign.

Those performances have kept us well clear of the drop zone a position in which our good "friends" on the seaside currently find themselves in.

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When you take into account that Watford were in the Premier League last season credit must be given to Ryan Lowe's side for making them look very ordinary.

But this was a game lacking in clear cut chances for either side and for me it was like watching a slightly fizzing Bonfire Night firework stuck in the ground after failing to explode.

Our fans were in fine voice and backed their team throughout the game.