Thursday 25 April 2019

Forest boss gives his backing to Stephen

Irish keeper Stephen Henderson
Irish keeper Stephen Henderson

Irish keeper Stephen Henderson has been told that the No. 1 slot at the club is his to lose after an impressive run of form.

With another chapter in what has been a difficult season for the former European Cup winners, they sacked manager Philippe Montanier earlier this month with Gary Brazil now in charge as caretaker.

Henderson, 28, has come into the side to play in the last four games, claiming clean sheets in his last two outings, and boss Brazil says he's pleased with the form of his Irish keeper.

"Henderson played really well on Saturday and has looked sharp in training. He has got the shirt and he is confident," Brazil said of last week's 1-0 win over Bristol City.

Henderson, still uncapped at senior level but eager to win a place in the squad under Martin O'Neill, will start in tonight's Championship game away to Leeds.

Dubliner Henderson joined Forest last summer and began the second as second choice behind Dorus De Vries - later sold to Celtic - but he was then dislodged after the arrival of Serbian international Vladimir Stojkovic.

Forest are currently five points clear of the relegation zone.

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