Wayne Hennessey and Jonathan Williams both started for Wales in their 1-0 defeat away in Ukraine last night, as Chris Coleman and his players continue to build towards the start of Euro 2016.
Despite having the better of the early stages of the game, the visitors fell behind in the 28th minute, when an attempted offside trap went wrong, allowing Yarmolenko to have a free shot at goal after plotting his way through the defence after Rotan’s lofted free-kick. It was a goal that Hennessey will inevitably feel he should have done better with.
Jonny Williams was impressive during his time on the field, readily showcasing his ability to indulge in neat one touch football before being routinely hacked to the ground by the hosts, with this most recent outing all but guaranteeing him a place on the plane to France alongside both Hennessey and Joe Ledley, the latter of which came on for the final 11 minutes of last night’s friendly.
Predictably, the individual performance of the Wales keeper was the one placed under the most direct scrutiny by the Eagles faithful, and as you can see from the video attached at the top of the article, he didn’t have the most assured of nights in between the sticks.
His form in red and blue has led to plenty of calls for Julian Speroni’s recall to the starting XI from the stands at Selhurst Park, but until now, Alan Pardew has remained steadfast in his belief that Wayne is the right man to take us forward as the club’s number one.
Perhaps the former Wolves man’s latest display in the Ukraine will be enough to finally tip the scales in Speroni’s favour ahead of this weekend’s trip to West Ham.