Karl Henry’s challenge on Jordi Gomez led to a straight red card
Wolves’ Karl Henry has said he has been the subject of “unfair” accusations and defended his team against criticisms of their committed style of play.
Henry was sent off against Wigan in October for a tackle on Jordi Gomez, which he admitted looked “atrocious”.
In September, Fulham’s Bobby Zamora suffered a broken leg in a challenge by the 27-year-old Wolves midfielder.
But Henry told BBC Radio 5 live: “We’re no different from any other team. We want to fight for every ball.”
The former Cheltenham and Stoke midfielder was exonerated of any blame for Zamora’s injury but admitted he has had sleepless nights following the incident, which was expected to sideline the Fulham striker until at least February.
“We didn’t deserve the criticism that we had [after the Fulham match] as a team, as a squad and as a club, being called a dirty club and a disgrace to the Premier League,” Henry added.
“We want to stay in this league and we’re going to fight tooth and nail to do so. It’s our livelihoods.”
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has, in the past, dismissed the bad publicity surrounding the club as “a pile of nonsense”, but Henry revealed he has had to reassess his game after beginning to doubt his abilities.
“I’ve watched all my games, even going back to Stoke City seven years ago. I wanted to check that my game hasn’t altered and it hasn’t,” Henry stated.
“I’ve always put in lots of tackles, it’s the way I’ve played and nothing’s changed, even in the Championship, getting promoted, you see tackle after tackle, but at this level there seems to be a huge problem with a slightly mistimed tackle.”
Looking back at his 11th-minute dismissal at the DW Stadium for the lunge on Gomez, for which Henry was fined two weeks’ wages by his club, the Wolves midfielder admitted: “I got it wrong.
“I’ve said in the past that maybe when you go into tackles you make your mind up so early that you’re going to win the ball that if someone nicks the ball a millisecond before you do, it looks atrocious.
“It wasn’t until I watched it back that I realised how bad it did look and how bad it was, and I’ve apologised for that. I let the club and the supporters down that day.”
Henry has been no stranger to controversy this season, having been involved in a series of physical exchanges with Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton when the teams met at Molineux in August.
Wolves collected seven bookings during their draw with Newcaslte
Wolves collected seven bookings in the 1-1 draw at home to the Magpies, but Henry said that match had been blown out of proportion.
“I think if someone watched that game, there were so many tackles from both parties, I think the neutrals would agree, watching the whole game, it was a whole-hearted performance from both teams,” he reflected.
“They [Match of the Day] just picked out a small portion of the tackles that went on in that game and made it a hate campaign on Joey Barton, which wasn’t the case.
“I think people want to see villains and dirty teams. It’s a story, maybe somebody wants to have a go at somebody in the league.
“The gaffer [McCarthy] has never said go out and kick people, go out and foul people. He wants us to play football and stay in this league and the minimum he expects is a 100% effort.”
What a load of TOSH!
As you have just read, this man is deluded. With the BBC’s Match of the Day not showing his dirty fouls (see my previous post) how long can this donkey get away with this: