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Crystal Palace stopper reflects on debut and pre-season in America

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WAYNE Hennessey made his Crystal Palace debut on Sunday at Craven Cottage against relegated Fulham and has claimed he has a "great feeling" when playing for the club. The Eagles put an end to their first season back in the Premier League on Sunday with a 2-2 draw in west London against Felix Magath's side. Hennessey joined Tony Pulis' side in January from League One side Wolves where he made 166 appearances in his four seasons at the club. The 27-year-old Welsh International has been tipped to succeed Julian Speroni as goalkeeper at Selhurst Park next season. Speaking about his selection on Sunday, Hennessey said: "I found out (I was playing) when I was working on set-pieces, the gaffer just pulled me in and told me. "It was a great feeling to be playing for Crystal Palace. It was a fantastic day for me. It felt good, it was a shame we didn't win but both sides played well and it was interesting." Chris David scored a stunning equaliser in the final minute of the game on Sunday, a shot that arguably couldn't be stopped by Palace's Player of the Year, Speroni. The youngster shot from distance, and to Hennessey it looked like the shot was going "miles over". "As soon as he's hit it, I thought it was miles over, and the next minute I've looked back and it's hit the crossbar and gone in. I couldn't believe it." The club are currently in the middle of making preparations for their pre-season campaign with a number of games due to take place in the United States. Hennessey is looking forward to the preparation leading up to next season and is hoping for a few good games. "I've been out there before but never played there," he said. "It should be good and hopefully there will be a few good games. "We know what to expect, we'll get our fitness up and crack on from there. "All of the lads are great credit to themselves, we've been through thick and thin and blended together; hopefully it continues and we get stronger."

Crystal Palace stopper reflects on debut and pre-season in America


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