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2012-07-25T23:03:00 Updated 2015-02-19T02:06:14

Hendo happy with first clean sheet

Stephen Henderson was quietly satisfied with a solid night's work as some smart goalkeeping helped him earn his first clean sheet in a West Ham United shirt.

The Hammers were under the cosh for much of the first half of their 3-0 win against FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt on Wednesday night and the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international needed to be on his toes to make sure they went in at the break on level terms. The second half was a different story, though, as West Ham came out all guns blazing and three quickfire goals - two from Ricardo Vaz Te - went unanswered.

"I'm very happy to keep a clean sheet and that we've won the game," Henderson told West Ham TV. "It's another game under my belt. Bearing in mind we had a different team out there tonight, to grab a 3-0 result is very good indeed."

The pick of Henderson's saves was a stunning stop to keep out a low free-kick from Patrick Gobel in the 28th minute. The rest of the No13's night included some brave goalkeeping to twice narrowly beat strikers to the ball, in addition to the routine catches and saves.

"I was happy as it was only my second game for the club. I was disappointed not to keep a clean sheet and win the game at Oxford. It's my third game in four months and I'm really enjoying being back."

Henderson is all too aware of the healthy competition that currently exists for a place between the posts at the Boleyn Ground following Robert Green's departure. Jussi Jaaskelainen joined Henderson on the list of permanent arrivals last month and despite the fact they will be competing for the same spot next season, the pair have struck up a strong friendship.

"I feel like I've developed and I feel myself getting fitter and fitter. I'm working well with the goalkeeper coach Marge [Martyn Margetson] and I'm hoping to get a chance to show the fans what I'm about.

"Me and Jussi are room-mates and very close. He's a great goalkeeper who's played over 500 games in the Premier League so it's great to have him around."

To see Henderson's take on the German training camp so far and to watch a live broadcast of Friday's pre-season match at SG Dynamo Dresden, log on to West Ham TV now.

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