A fair few Palace fans were openly shocked at the sight of Wayne Hennessey’s name in the starting XI for yesterday’s game against Manchester City but the Welsh number one put in an absolutely stellar display against the runaway league leaders, coming away with a clean sheet and an immense amount of credit from the Selhurst faithful.
Whilst any regular watcher of the Eagles will likely tell you that they prefer to see club legend Julian Speroni between the sticks from week to week, few if any could say anything negative about Hennessey’s efforts against Aguero and co. yesterday lunchtime, with his tall frame proving to be a more than adequate barrier for the usually rampant Citizens.
Having coaxed his way out of the crisis that was a pointless opening seven games, Roy Hodgson is now proving that his man-management is just an impressive as his tactical flexibility. For more than a year, we’ve all been tossing and turning over who deserves the number one shirt but now, it seems as though the 70-year-old has got both men playing with a smile on their face and pushing one another to perform from game to game.
These comments from Hennessey show, given the fact that he’s been out of the side of late, that the squad really are enjoying their time under the gaffer, leading both they and the club’s supporters to hope that Roy will stick around well beyond the end of the current campaign.
As I’m sure some of the most observant of you will know, we lost goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson to Sam Allardyce’s Everton over the festive period but if yesterday’s performance was anything to go by, it’s done absolutely no harm to Wayne’s form in the short-term.
Who will take hold of the goalkeeper’s shirt tomorrow against Southampton? Your guess is as good as mine but one thing’s for sure, Hodgson won’t be getting any moans from either of the first-team stoppers regardless of who he plumps for.