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Efan Ekoku raves about Dean Henderson in Crystal Palace loss v Man City

Crystal Palace are now just five points above the drop zone after they lost 4-2 against Manchester City at Selhurst Park on Saturday (6 April) in the Premier League. 

The Eagles took an early lead through Jean-Philippe Mateta who is enjoying a rich vein of form, scoring four goals in his last six games.

Manchester City responded strongly as Kevin de Bruyne equalised shortly with a magnificent strike. Mateta and Jordan Ayew came close to scoring, with the latter even hitting the crossbar.

City were too good in the second half and goals from Rico Lewis, Erling Haaland and De Bruyne took the game away from Palace. Odsonne Edouard pulled one back, but it was a mere consolation goal.

There were some strong individual performances, and Dean Henderson deserves a special mention. The 27-year-old goalkeeper made some fantastic saves during the game including a one-on-one stop to deny Haaland in the first half.

In the 10th minute, Henderson made a fantastic save to deny Rodri who struck cleanly from just outside the box. Henderson dived and parried the ball away, and Efan Ekoku, while co-commentating on the game for Premier League World Feed, described it as “top-class”.

“That is a top-class save. Lerma not able to get a good height. Rodri controlled that beautifully falling to the ground and he must have thought it was in,” said Ekoku.

Dean Henderson was superb for Crystal Palace

The injury to Sam Johnstone has opened the doot for Henderson and he will have the rest of the season to impress his manager.

According to a recent report from The Telegraph, the Eagles will be looking to offload either of Johnstone and Henderson next summer. The next few games are absolutely vital for him as he looks to cement his place in the side.

Palace need to start winning games or else they could find themselves in real trouble. They have managed just one win in their last six games, and it could extend to seven when they face Liverpool at Anfield next.

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