Scott Dann raves about Crystal Palace teammate Wayne Hennessey following weekend win

The Wales international managed to keep a clean sheet in the victory over Southampton.

Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann has heaped praise upon Wayne Hennessey after the goalkeeper pulled off a fine stop towards the end of the Eagles' weekend win over Southampton to secure the three points, the Croydon Advertiser reports.

The home side went ahead at Selhurst Park thanks to a goal from Yohan Cabaye in the latter stages of the first half, but Alan Pardew's former side had a chance to spoil the party late on when Shane Long got through. However, Hennessey denied the Republic of Ireland international to guide Palace to a third win in their last five games. 

And Dann explained that much like Saturday's victory, the Wales international has been integral to their recent success (via Croydon Advertiser).

"We were trying to concentrate at the back and unfortunately Shane Long got in, but fortunately Wayne was there for us," he said.

"He didn't have many saves to do but the couple he did make were really good and that's why he's in the team.

"As a centre-back and a defender, if you've got someone capable of doing that behind you making saves, it's only good and gives you that extra bit of confidence."

Hennessey has been under pressure to do well this season, with both Alex McCarthy and club hero Julian Speroni also vying for a place between the sticks. 

Having now established himself as Pardew's first choice, the 28-year-old has been in excellent form. As well as his performance against Ronald Koeman's side, he also pulled off a couple of astonishing saves to deny Everton when the pair met at the start of last week.

And if he can maintain those performance levels for the rest of the season, then it seems likely that Palace will hold onto their position in the mix for a place in Europe next year. 

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