VIDEO: Matic’s United Winner Was Just One Of Many Screamers Hennessey’s Conceded

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Monday night saw Nemanja Matic score a last-gasp screamer for Manchester United but for Crystal Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey, conceding goals of that quality has become an all too familiar occurrence.

Whilst I’m as hurt as much as anyone by the sight of the ball hitting the back of the Palace net, I feel compelled to draw everyone’s attention to the number of “Goal of the Season” contenders Wayne has let in over the last couple of years. He may come in for a lot of criticism from the Eagles’ faithful, a great deal of it fair but there’s next to nothing that could be done about any of the outstanding efforts featured in the video above.

With both Dele Alli and Matic’s goals coming at the death on the Selhurst Park turf it’s difficult not to feel a pang of sympathy for the Welsh number one who, by now, is sure to be wondering what he can do to stop the outrageous attempts flying past him with quite the same level of regularity.

Whilst I’m sure plenty of you remember this yourselves, Olivier Giroud and Andy Carroll’s wonder-strikes came in consecutive weeks last season, resulting in them going head-to-head in the “Goal of the Month” campaign, just to add to Hennessey’s misery. I’m the first to highlight any instances when Wayne should do better but in those two cases, you simply have to stand back and accept the quality on show.

There is a school of thought which suggests that Hennessey’s general performance level encourages players to take pops at goal from all sorts of weird and wonderful angles in the hope of getting lucky more often than not. It sounds harsh but it’s a theory I can certainly see some logic in.

Both goalscoring and goalkeeping have always been hugely impacted by the confidence of the respective players on each side; a fact which explains why Wayne often looks so tentative when given more than a split second to make up his mind when faced with an impending shot at goal.

From the attacker’s perspective, the mere knowledge of who it is standing between them and glory is enough to put a spring in their step, resulting, as we can see above, in a selection of mind-boggling worldies from all over the final third of the field.

Can anything be done to stop the trend? I’d love to have an answer.

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4 Comments

  • Help March 7, 2018 - 8:12 am Reply

    I disagree actually he’s terrible , re deli Alli goal another failure was to blame in Jedi-knackered far too slow to close him down

  • t.carter March 7, 2018 - 8:59 am Reply

    he fail,s to inspire anytime.i see our defenders are not confident with him in goal either.time to change the goalie.enough is enough.

  • ee signing March 7, 2018 - 11:29 am Reply

    Not his fault that one but I think he was at least part of the problem wit the first. He needed to get our players out and why he couldn’t see that little dink over the top and make a challenge … Its not the first time we’ve fallen foul of that one either

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh March 7, 2018 - 11:38 am Reply

    Some of those worldies couldn’t be saved by anyone but overall I think he is one of those keepers that pulls a blinder every 10-15 games but is otherwise very average in every aspect of goalkeeping.

    For someone so tall he has little authority, doesn’t impose himself in the area and fails to reach the corners of the goal. His reflexes and distribution are also very average and he has no confidence on the ball.

    If you had to choose between Wayne at his peak, Jules at his peak and Gabor at his peak i think Wayne would finish bottom of every list as the other two were excellent in some aspects of goalkeeping (and wore great sweatpants) despite not being perfect.

    Fine as a back up but why the board haven’t pulled their finger out to sign Ronnow or Guatia or any other first choice keeper over the past 3 seasons is beyond me. McCarthey was too similar to Wayne in that he is average and unconfident and Mandanda is an example on why background checks and interviews are just as important as ability, the guy even refused to play for the reserves.

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