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Wayne Hennessey's pledge after derby error

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Pain and hatred are not emotions usually associated with ice-cool shot-stopper Wayne Hennessey.


Pain and hatred are not emotions usually associated with ice-cool shot-stopper Wayne Hennessey.

But events at The Hawthorns last Sunday saw the in-form Wolves keeper experience the full force of both. The Wales international admitted he was at fault for Albion's equaliser when

James Morrison's shot squirmed out of his grasp and hit his knee before Carlos Vela scored.

But he has already put it behind him and is ready to mount another fierce rearguard action to keep out Blackpool tomorrow.

"I hated it — I want to beat West Brom as much as any of our fans, especially with my mate Boaz playing in goal for them as well," said Hennessey.

"It's painful — and nowhere more so than when playing in it. When it's happened in those last couple of minutes it's killed us.

"But it's part and parcel of football and you have to get on with it."

Hennessey is a more mature figure than the keeper who lost his place 15 months ago.

And the 6ft 5in shot-stopper, who is a keen student of the goalkeeping art, revealed how he has erased the pain from last week by looking up his peers.

"I'm always looking at DVDs of other keepers and past DVDs of myself and looking at how I can improve," he said.

"As regards last Sunday, I looked at it in terms of how I could have stopped the goal. I'm always analysing stuff.

"I like Petr Cech. He's fantastic and some of the stuff he does is phenomenal. I really look up to people like him.

"I also admire Edwin (van der Sar) very much. I like the way he moves his feet because he's a very good striker of the ball with both feet."

The 24-year-old also revealed how his determination to improve his game is behind his superb current form, depsite his Hawthorns howler.

Recent team-mate Matt Murray described him as the best in the Premier League on current form while defender Ronald Zubar said he's become the 'captain of the back four'.

"Nothing has changed but it's all down to hard work," said Hennessey.

"It's really nice for everyone to say those things about me and I take it all in. But I don't get too big-headed because I just want to do my stuff and keep Wolves in the Premier League.

Hopefully we can do that."

Hennessey has focused on two parts of his game he felt he could improve on — his vocal presence and claiming crosses — and is now reaping the benefits.

"These are the aspects I needed to do better in games," he said.

"You look at the top keepers and they talk constantly for 90, 95 minutes and they dominate their penalty boxes by taking crosses and that's what I've got to do for us to stay in this league.

"I'm feeling at the top of my game at the moment so I'm full of confidence.

"I'm coming for a lot more balls now to help out more so I'm feeling really good. I've got a massive responsibility to try to keep Wolves in this league.

"We could just retreat into a little hole and go back down but we want to come out fighting so we can progress and do well in this league."

Hennessey's confidence in his own ability also extends to the back four in front of him.

"I feel in good form at the moment and the four lads I've got in front of me are working really well," he said.

"I know what I'm going to get from each individual."

As for his mistake, Hennessey will not allow it to affect his game.

"I analysed it afterwards — like I always do when I go through it with Pat Mountain — and it won't affect me," he insisted.

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