Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had a night to forget out in Paris last night, dropping something of a clanger, allowing France to break the deadlock against Wales in the 18th minute.
Griezmann with a fine goal to put France 1-0 up v Wales: pic.twitter.com/KGEYj7CAY9
— Sam (@samuelJayC) November 10, 2017
With Coleman’s men having been unable to make it to this summer’s World Cup in Russia, they took part in a friendly match against the French on Friday evening but came away from the clash a little battered and bruised.
I don’t think there’s any doubt that the Palace stopper should have done better with Antoine Griezmann’s opening strike, reacting slowly to the Atletico man’s volley and failing to push the ball away from goal with anything like the strength required to stop it from ending up in the back of the Welsh net.
Whilst Wayne may well be low on confidence having lost his starting spot to Julian Speroni at club level, his performances for us have simply not been deserving of the number one shirt. I do feel a tad sorry for him, given the stick he received from the last travelling Palace faithful in his last game away at Bristol City but I certainty can’t blame Hodgson for deciding to replace him with Speroni who has inspired a great deal more confidence from the stands since taking up residence between the posts.
Quite where Wayne goes from here is anyone’s guess. From a personal point of view, I struggle to envisage a single scenario that would see him regaining his place as Palace’s undisputed starting goalkeeper regardless of the division we’re playing in next season but with an international career still at the forefront of his mind, he may well need to seek pastures new if he is to retain his place in Coleman’s starting XI.
Given his size, age and kicking ability, he looks on the face of things to have the building blocks of success ready and waiting to go but over the last year, it feels as though his confidence has been blown to pieces, with last night leaving many wondering what he can do to turn things around.