Wayne Hennessey has admitted he is not a “fan favourite” at Crystal Palace after making a vital save to help the Eagles keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday, writes Conor O’Sullivan.
The Wales international has battled cult hero Julian Speroni for the starting position in goal since joining from Wolves in 2014.
Hennessey said: “It’s nice to know the fans were singing my name because I’ve been working very hard on producing good performances this season when given the opportunity.
“I’m not a big fan favourite after taking Julian Speroni’s place when I joined Palace four years ago but I want to keep as many clean sheets as possible and help the team climb the table.
“I must play to the best of my best ability and help the team which will hopefully please the fans.”
Palace manager Roy Hodgson is set to bring in another goalkeeper this month – with his top target Getafe’s Vicente Guaita.
Watford are also interested in the 31-year-old who has a £7million released clause in his contract.
Guaita is a free agent in the summer and has kept six clean sheets in 17 La Liga matches.
Hennessey said: “The club has been linked with a lot of players and every player in the dressing room has to prove themselves every week to stay in the team and at the moment the whole team is playing to a very high level which is why we’re picking up a lot of points.
“It’s good that the club is being linked with good players and that we’re in a position to strengthen the squad. But the boys can be proud of themselves after this result because Burnley are a very good side and are very difficult to break down but we carved them open a few times and could have scored more if we had taken our opportunities.”
Palace are up 12th in the table with and now have successive away derbies at Arsenal and West Ham.
Hennessey said: “Roy [Hodgson] has made a big difference since coming in and made a lot of changes in terms of formation and tactics. We need to keep looking forward and hopefully we can keep this run going but we have a very difficult game next weekend against Arsenal.”