Nottingham Forest head coach has heaped praise on goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Barnsley.

The Wales stopper replaced Dean Henderson in the first half to make his debut for Forest.

He kept a clean sheet as the Reds endured a frustrating afternoon against League One outfit Barnsley.

Hennessey was largely impressive though and did what he had to with minimal fuss.

The 35-year-old checked in at Forest last week from Burnley and he will provide competition for places.

Hennessey gets praise from Cooper
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After yesterday’s game, Cooper praised his second-choice goalkeeper for his influence on the team.

He said: “He’s only been in the building a couple of days and already he’s a real presence around the place. As well as being a good goalkeeper. That was one of the real reasons why we wanted him here.”

Hennessey is a vastly experienced player and he should bolster the Forest ranks considerably.

He will be keen to play some games ahead of the World Cup in Qatar where he will be the Wales number one.

Hennessey didn’t play much at Burnley but he has lots of experience in the Premier League, starring with Crystal Palace and Wolves.

Henderson’s injury during yesterday’s game might now open a door for Hennessey.

Forest face Hertha Berlin on Tuesday night and that could provide Hennessey with another opportunity to play.

Hennessey gets praise from Cooper and he could star

The Reds will need to be well-stocked during 2022/23 and signing Hennessey looks like a good decision.

He is experienced and very capable, with the stopper also looking to prove himself ahead of the World Cup.

Hennessey gets praise from Cooper
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In fairness, the goalkeeper is unlikely to play much with Henderson one of the club’s marquee signings this summer.

All Hennessey can do is shine when he gets the chance and if he does that he might get ample opportunities to prove himself.

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