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Henderson frustrated with winning goal

3 January 2017

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Stephen Henderson was left frustrated after conceding a late goal in the 1-0 defeat to Barnsley.

The Irish keeper was playing his first game since August and he felt he could have done better with Conor Hourihane’s half-volley which proved to be the winner.

He said: “Who would be a goalkeeper? I am gutted. I thought we were in control of the game in the second half and I let the boys down massively. I save those with my eyes closed in training every day and he has taken it quickly but I have got to do better. I am very disappointed.

“It doesn’t mean anything to make other saves during the match. The back four were magnificent today, Hobbsy in particular was a rock and I felt I let them down today. 

“There wasn’t a lot of quality in the game and it was looking like a clean sheet but it wasn’t to be. I’ll get over it quickly and hopefully I can get a few games in now and try and kick on.”

Henderson has had to be patient to get his chance in the team and is now targeting a run of games.

He said: “It has been frustrating but I have just kept my head down and worked twice as hard. I was delighted to get my chance today; it was so good to be out there. I know we lost the game but just to be out there with the fans I couldn’t have asked for a better reception and I thank them for that.

“I think I deserved a chance because I got taken out on the back of two wins and I have had to bide my time. I got a chance today and I just want to get a run of games to show what I am about.”

Henderson is also well aware that The Reds face a fight to climb away from the bottom of the table, but is prepared for the situation having been in a similar position at Charlton last season.

He said: “We knew that. It has not come as a shock and not just from today. It has been on the cards for four to six weeks now and we are well aware of the situation. I’ll be doing everything I can, in the team or not in the team, to push the boys. 

“I was in a similar situation with Charlton last season and it is not nice. This club does not deserve to be losing like this every week. You look at the squad and there is Championship experience and with Britt up top he can get 20 goals a season. 

“We just need that bit of luck, usually I would tip that shot over and we would get the clean sheet and we kick on but it wasn’t to be today. I will keep positive and try and do what I can.”

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