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Hennessey Eager For Three Points

23 August 2017

Swansea City are this week’s visitors to Selhurst Park, as Crystal Palace go in search of their first Premier League win of the season.

The Eagles won their first game under Frank de Boer on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory against Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup, and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey insists it’s brought out positivity in the squad.

“There’s a massive confidence now, hopefully that’s the turning point that we can take onto Swansea and get three points," said the Welshman.

“We’ll be doing a lot of work on Swansea especially with our video analysts, looking at their strengths and weaknesses, and hopefully we’ll take that on board for Saturday.”

Like Palace, the Swans are yet to register a league goal this campaign, but Hennessey is wary of their new recruits.

“Obviously Swansea are without Llorente and Sigurdsson’s left as well, they’re dangerous attacking threats, but they have new players looking to impress, and we’ll be working to stop them.”

The Welsh number one was in superb form last week but couldn’t prevent Palace’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, but says the team were unlucky to lose.

“Unfortunately we lost the game at Liverpool, we had a little mix-up and it falls to Mane, but on another day that’s a different result, we had a couple of good chances ourselves.

"As a goalkeeper you want a clean sheet and we didn’t get that.”

Hennessey spoke of the importance of getting points on the board before the players leave for the international break at the start of September.

“It’s massive, you need a great result because it’s so long until your next game.

“We need to get some points at Selhurst Park for the fans and obviously a victory against Swansea would be lovely.”

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