Henderson looks back on Hammers cup clash
Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Dean Henderson was pleased with how Town competed against West Ham on Sunday.
Town more than matched their opponents with Henderson, who was only given permission to play a couple of days before the game, not having a save to make throughout, and he admitted that it was an easier game than he was expecting.
“We had some good opportunities”, Dean said.
“We put them on the back foot, asked questions of them and we were unfortunate in the end not put our chances away.
“I got a good rest last night expecting to have sore hands today but to be honest with you it was probably one of the easiest games I’ve played in all season.
“It’s obviously going to be hard for them coming here because it’s our cup final on a poor pitch, which we are probably more used to playing on, so it evens itself out at the end of the day and this is why the FA Cup is so good.”
The replay will now take place in just over a week’s time and Dean believes Town will have another good go at it.
“It’s going to be a big test going there on a nice pitch when they are knocking the ball around, but we will look forward to that”, said Henderson.
“We are going to be on the back foot now and again, but hopefully we can ride the storm, catch them on the break and see what happens. Anything is possible when it is 11v11, so we will go there and have a right go at them.”
Sunday’s game also saw Henderson come up against England Number One and former Town ‘keeper Joe Hart and he paid tribute to his idol.
“He’s one of my idols”, Dean admitted.
“I was happy that I got the clearance to play because I wanted to play against him. 10 years ago I was watching him when I was growing up and he deserves huge credit for what he’s done for the country.”