Wolves captain Karl Henry today admitted he has no complaints with being axed – because he hasn’t played well since Christmas.
The 30-year-old skipper was replaced by David Davis for last Saturday’s 2-1 win over Bristol City – the first time he hasn’t been picked on merit this season.
Henry was disappointed at manager Dean Saunders’ decision, but admits his form hasn’t been good enough. “I was disappointed but I don’t think I’ve played well since Christmas,” said the midfielder.
“I’ve had maybe two decent games so I can have no complaints. I now have to work hard to get back in the team.”
Wolves return to action to host fast-fading Middlesbrough next Saturday in second-from-bottom, a point from safety.
Kevin Doyle and Stephen Ward have also been dropped recently and Henry believes the team has struggled because so many senior players haven’t done the business.
“We’re in this situation because too many of us haven’t performed,” he said. “There are no excuses.”
Henry is impressed by Davis, who scored the own goal that triggered the dressing room row that saw Carl Ikeme break his hand punching the tactics board.
“Dave is a good player and he’s going to have a big career,” said Henry. “He responded really well to the own goal and he’s a good player who will go a long way.”
Meanwhile, Jack Robinson has sent out a ‘don’t mess with me’ message to the Championship with his no-nonsense approach, according to Saunders.
The on-loan Liverpool left-back completed a good week with his first goal for England Under-21s on Thursday in their 3-0 win over Romania. Last Saturday he set the tone for his best game for Wolves with a firm tackle on Paul Anderson, who limped off with a bruised knee.
“Jack is aggressive – we saw that tackle on Paul Anderson and then he put in another straight afterwards on Albert Adomah,” said the boss. “They were clean tackles but he just showed some aggression.
“It sends a message out ‘you’re not getting your own way against me’. He’s only 19 and he’s learning all the time.”