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Comeback Spur?

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09:00 24th December 2013

Henry targets best haul

James Henry has called on Wolves to continue the momentum of the Rotherham fightback and use it as a spur to push on during the Christmas schedule.

The winger, who has also targeted a potential best ever season’s scoring haul, notched his fourth in Wolves’ colours in providing the sixth and final goal of Saturday’s rollercoaster share of the spoils at the New York Stadium.

But what is more important for the ambitious 24-year-old is to ensure that Wolves use the Rotherham comeback as a spur to bounce back to winning ways against Crewe on Boxing Day (3pm).

“It was a crazy game at Rotherham,” said Henry.

“We started really well and got in front and switched off straightaway to give a goal away.

“That gave Rotherham a lift and it seemed from there that it took us until 3-1 down to really get back into gear.

“From then there was only one team going to win it in the closing stages and we were probably unlucky not to win.

“We had chances having made it 3-3 and all the way through I don’t think there was any point where we weren’t in the game.

“Even at 2-1 and 3-1 down I always felt we had a chance and it felt different to MK Dons.

“Sometimes you go away from home and have to grind out results and I think that’s what we did in coming back with a point.

“There was a real fighting spirit out there and sometimes a comeback like this can really lift you as a team.

“That’s how we need to view the Rotherham result – we need to use it as a platform having stopped the two game losing streak.

“It becomes a great point if we can go on and beat Crewe on Boxing Day and that’s what we’ve got to do to make it really count.”

After Crewe then come leaders Leyton Orient at Molineux before trips to Tranmere and Gillingham on January 1 and 3 respectively.

“Every game can be a difficult one but we have to go into every game thinking we can take maximum points and that is what we will be looking for in these next two in front of our home crowd,” added Henry.

“With that great support behind us at Molineux it will lift us and then it’s up to us to rise to the occasion.

“We’ve got four games in a very quick amount of time and we’ve just got to prepare right and take what is a real chance to get some points on the board.”

It was a fine goal Henry notched to secure the point at Rotherham, seizing on Dave Edwards’ clever pass to advance and hold off a defender before firing home.

The tally of four is now past halfway towards his best ever – seven – trousered during the 2008/09 campaign with Reading and Millwall.

“The defender was pulling me shirt and I was trying to shake him off,” he says of Saturday’s effort.

“Then I could see another defender to my left and I was waiting for him to come across so I could slide Griff in.

“But he never came and after holding the guy off I just wanted to keep the shot as low as I could.

“It was good to see it go in and I was happy to get another one.

“I think my career best is seven for a season and I’m not too far off that now!

“I’ve just got to keep doing well and contributing to the team and help us keep pushing forward and keep getting good results.”

And pursuit of that aim will be helped by the fact that Henry is now two games in to his return following a groin injury which initially curtailed an excellent first impression of his loan spell from Millwall.

“I was tired in the last few minutes having been out for a while so I think the gaffer just brought me off as a precaution,” he added.

“I felt a lot better on Saturday than I did against MK Dons.

“It maybe took me a bit of time to get into the game but I felt I got better as it went on and the more games I play the better I am going to feel.”

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