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Bobby Gould slams Danny Murphy

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Former Wolves striker Bobby Gould today claimed Danny Murphy should 'keep his trap shut' over his criticism of the club.

Former Wolves striker Bobby Gould today claimed Danny Murphy should 'keep his trap shut' over his criticism of the club.

Gould, now a hard-hitting media pundit, believes Murphy's controversial comments on Wolves, Stoke and Blackburn being 'so pumped up there are inevitably going to be problems' were unfair and ill-judged.

Murphy has pulled out of a TV role at tonight's England versus Montenegro Euro 2012 qualifier after his quotes stoked up the media firestorm on bad tackles.

And Gould, who had two prolific spells at Wolves in the 1970s, feels the Fulham captain would be better placed keeping his views to himself.

He said: "There's a lot of bunkum being spoken by a few people at the moment and they should shut their traps and get on and do what they're paid to do, which is play.

"If you're the one who's injured in a tackle, you have a right to voice an opinion. There are too many players getting blase at the moment and it's nothing to do with them.

"They know from their own dressing room that no-one goes into game to injure another player.

"Danny Murphy is no shrinking violet either - he's been booked 65 times in his career and been sent off three times."

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Wolves captain Karl Henry was sent off at Wigan for a reckless lunge on Jordi Gomez and Gould admitted players risk punishment if they are late.

He said: "Unfortunately if people go to ground, then they've got to be aware of the consequences.

"But what I hate is the rolling around - it shows the opposition you are weak."

Gould also praised Wolves boss Mick McCarthy for refusing to respond to the criticism.

He said: "I think Mick is doing the right thing. He should just smile about it but not take it on board, which is his approach from a distance.

"I managed the club with the worst reputation in England - Wimbledon - and what you don't do is allow it to upset you."

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