Wolverhampton Wanderers’ midfielder David Edwards has tipped his team-mate, goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to bounce back from the recent disappointment of being left out of Mick McCarthy’s high-flying side.
Edwards and Hennessey were both named earlier this week in John Toshack’s Wales squad which travels to Denmark for an international friendly next Wednesday but both are currently having to battle for a place in their club’s first choice starting line-up.
Hennessey has been displaced between the sticks by the in-form Carl Ikeme while Edwards is one of a number of Wolves midfielders at McCarthy’s disposal. He came off the bench in Saturday’s 2-1 Coca-Cola Championship victory over Burnley at Molineux.
Edwards, however, believes his friend is one of the best goalkeepers in the country. He said: “If you see Wayne in training he has been magnificent. He is a great, great goalkeeper and he has played at the very, very top. He is obviously disappointed not to be playing but at the moment Carl is doing a job on the pitch and Wayne will have to bide his time.
“They are great friends those two and so there is no ill feeling – they help each other and I am sure if Wayne gets another chance he will stay in there.”
Edwards, 22, and Hennessey, 21, both played in Wolves’ reserves 2-1 win in a friendly with Coventry City at the Compton training ground yesterday.
Edwards said: “Wayne has the strength of character to come through. I still think he is one of the best goalkeepers in Britain – if not the best.”
The midfielder was full of praise for his side’s hard-fought victory over the Clarets on Saturday which has seen them open up a six point lead over nearest rivals Birmingham City in the Championship table.
He said: The boys were magnificent in the first half and I thought we dominated the game. To go in at 1-0 was actually really disappointing with all the pressure we had had and all the chances. But we came out second half, got into our stride and after ‘Kights’ (Michael Kightly) got his second goal we played very well.”
Meanwhile Edwards insists all title talk is banned from the training ground and the stadium – for now.
He said: “If the gaffer heard us talk about the title he would probably have us fined!
“There is nothing like that yet – we are just going to try and keep pushing on and hopefully try and get a better lead in the table.”