Hennessey saving clean-sheet for United
Published 08:31 17/03/12 By James Nursey
Wayne Hennessey is anxious to keep his first clean sheet since August tomorrow as he targets another shock against Manchester United.
Wolves keeper Hennessey was part of the side that beat champions-to-be United 2-1 at Molineux just over a year ago.
Those three points helped Wolves stay up - although they were not safe until the final whistle blew on the final day of last season.
Wanderers are in grave danger of going down again this term though, and the decision to sack Mick McCarthy and promote Terry Connor to the top job has not produced an improvement.
The 19th-placed club have only kept two clean sheets this Premier League season - the most recent in a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on August 27.
Wales international Hennessey is desperately hoping Wolves’ fortunes change soon after successive defeats by Fulham and Blackburn.
“We all go out to try and get clean sheets, but it’s not happened recently," said the 25-year-old.
“Against quality players, there are sometimes elements of a game which you just can’t do anything about.
“We all understand it’s frustrating for the supporters, and as players we get frustrated as well. You do have to stay positive.
“It’s a very tough league and every team you play it’s always difficult to get a result.
“I don’t think too much has gone for us recently either but hopefully that will change over the final 10 games.
“United may be top of the league and playing well, but it’s up to us to make it difficult for them and maybe we can play at the top of our game and get a bit of luck as well.
“We’ve had some decent games with United over the last few years.
"They’ve got some top quality players but we are capable of getting a result. We did it last year, and hopefully we can do it again.”
Wolves’ frustrated fans turned against the club’s under-performing stars after watching them lose at home to Blackburn last weekend.
It created ugly scenes, with midfielder Jamie O’Hara claiming he was abused while carrying his baby.
Hennessey added: “We know it’s hard for the fans and we feel for them. It’s tough times at the moment. But we need everyone together to help us try and move up from the position we are in.”
Hennessey insists he has not given up beating the drop after staying up on the final day of last season to secure a third successive top-flight campaign.
The shot-stopper said: “We have been in difficult positions over the last couple of seasons and we got out of them which is a good sign.
“There are still a lot of us who have come through both seasons and we can use that experience.
“We have got a great team spirit here - we’re tight and see each other outside of football as well.
“While we know it’s going to be tough it’s about how we deal with it and everyone is working hard on the training ground ahead of these final 10 games.
“A lot of it is about getting on the right side of those fine margins.
“We’ve also run into teams when they’ve been playing very well and that happens again on Sunday.
“We have to make it so that Molineux is a tough place to come.
“Hopefully we can get off to a good start in the game and show the fans that we are all raring to go and that we mean business.
“We are still right at it, still fighting, and we need to show that enthusiasm and commitment that there’s no way we are taking our foot off the gas.”