Karl Henry has labelled new Wolves boss Dean Saunders as a “winner” – and says only the players who are seeking the same will join him in his bid to revitalise the club’s fortunes.
Skipper Henry was named as Sky Sports’ Man of the Match in last night’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn, where Roger Johnson’s headed equaliser brought an end to a four game losing streak.
And he said the players now know they need to keep standards high if they are to play a part in Saunders’s fresh dawn.
“I think there is a lot we have been lacking this season,” said Henry.
“Fight is something we have never been lacked in my time here and it just looks as though it’s been missing a bit this season.
“The manager has come in and has only been here four days but has tried to instil a way of playing in us.
“This is Championship football and the manager is a winner.
“He has let us know he is a winner – if we want to be on board then fine and if not then we know where to go.
“It was a pleasure to be involved in that sort of football against Blackburn.
“Goals always change games and we just couldn’t get in front in the early stages.
“We had balls that were dropping in the box and just not quite dropping to people.
“We played the percentages and if we’d got an early goal I think we’d have gone on to win.
“It was a hard-fought point and a good start.”
Wolves found themselves behind after a controversial penalty when Ruben Rochina and Bakary Sako clashed, and Henry admitted it changed the game given the Molineux Men had started so positively.
“I haven’t seen it again,” said Henry.
“At the time I didn’t think it was but I never do when they are against us!
“He put it away well.
“That changed it because we came in at half time thinking we’d done well and we were a goal behind.
“The manager told us to keep going and not change anything and we stuck at it and got our just desserts.
“We know if we can go on a good run we can get back up there again and if we go on a stinking run we will get relegated – it is up to us!”
Henry says the players have been keen to try and “soak up” everything Saunders has instilled even in only four days training.
And now it is all about building on a promising first 90 minutes.
“It is difficult to cram everything in in a week,” he says.
“This week the manager has tried to get as much into it as he can and we’ve been trying to soak it all up.
“He has made it clear what he wants from us.
“If you want to be a winner then go ahead and follow him and we will.
“It is a good start, but it is only a start, and we’ve got to kick on from here.
“The league is tight with everyone beating everyone.”