Wayne Hennessey’s performance was a hot topic in the post-match media conversations from players, managers and pundits alike, following his stunning double save in the second half when his goal came under increasing pressure from the visitors.
Hennessey reflected on the match: “I thought we played very well in the first half, but little silly errors cost us. In the second, we dug deep and it was a good performance. Brighton are a team when they’re losing, they send the big men forward and put the balls in. Glenn Murray is so good in the air, but I thought the boys coped with it very well.”
Roy Hodgson was quick to praise the Welsh shot stopper, describing his performance as “the best he’s played since I’ve come to the club, without a shadow of a doubt.” He continued: “When we really needed him to step up to the plate, he did. He was good in the first half too even though he didn’t have much to do, but in the second half when the pressure was being applied and balls were coming into the box a lot more, he had to really step up and he did a wonderful job.”
Hennessey was typically modest when asked about his performance, saying: “I felt very good. No goalkeeper likes to concede two goals, so we’ll have a look at that. But I thought I played well and it's nice to get the three points.”
The Palace squad were understandably buoyant after the win, and the tunes were heard blaring out of the home dressing room. Hennessey was quick to shift the blame for the “cheesy pop” songs towards Andros Townsend. He told Palace TV: “We won’t ever allow that to be played again. The cheesiest songs you’ve ever heard, so that will be stopped from now on!”
Hennessey was also shortlisted for Palace’s Man of the Match today; cast your vote by clicking here.