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Wayne Hennessey's Season Continues to Improve After Breaking Record

17 October 2018

On Tuesday night, in-form Palace shot-stopper Wayne Hennessey broke the club record for most international caps earned whilst playing for the Eagles.

Starting in a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, Hennessey notched up his 39th international appearance while representing Crystal Palace and so added another accolade to an already impressive start.

Carrying last season’s form into the new campaign, Hennessey has enjoyed a stellar start to the league and 2018/19 is proving to be one of his best yet.

So far, the Welsh No.1 has started every game for Roy Hodgson’s side and has rapidly emerged as a genuine fan favourite, regularly raising the Selhurst faithful to their feet with countless remarkable saves.

The Palace man has kept the joint third highest number of league clean sheets for this calendar year (8), only sitting behind Hugo Lloris (10) and Ederson (11).

He’s made more saves per game than ever for the Eagles (3.38) and has produced his highest save percentage as well (74.3%).

He also stopped his first ever Palace penalty against Southampton last month, smartly denying Charlie Austin from the spot. Throughout his time here, Hennessey has been an eye-catching performer, pulling off several series of impressive saves while guarding the Palace net.

Signed by Tony Pulis from Wolverhampton Wanderers on January deadline day 2014, Hennessey has since found himself a steadfast choice in Palace’s various Premier League campaigns, notching up 96 appearances during his career at Selhurst.


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17 October 2018

However, his first two seasons were spent in stiff competition and the shot-stopper had to break his way into being first-choice as Palace’s last line of defence.

Now, though, he’s a regular feature and is fast bearing down on a centenary of Palace games. Hennessey has also kept himself at the fore of Wales’ international challenges, playing in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 alongside the likes of Gareth Bale.

As current first-choice for both club and country, Hennessey has built on his game in all aspects. This season, his passing accuracy has been at its all-time club highest and fans have seen drilled passes pushing deep into recent opposition’s halves.


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With 79 caps for Wales, Hennessey is nearing the nation's record for most played countryman. Fellow ‘keeper Neville Southall currently holds the title with 92 appearances for The Dragons.

But at 31, Hennessey still has time to claim his accolade and enter the annals of history forever with both Wales and Crystal Palace.

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