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Henry's Hopes For Happier Visit


09:54 21st December 2012

Skipper all set for Blackpool showdown

Karl Henry is determined to ensure that Wolves’ televised visit to Blackpool tonight (7.45pm) has a happier ending than the last one.


The Wolves skipper was ruled out for two months with a medial knee ligament injury during the Barclays Premier League game at Bloomfield Road in November, 2010.


The home side won 2-1 on that occasion, only to be relegated six months later while Wolves celebrated on Survival Sunday.


“I don’t have great memories of our last game at Blackpool as I got injured and we lost,” Karl said. “I remember we were 2-0 down by half-time and then I was off by the time Doyler (Kevin Doyle) scored with a late header. But it wasn’t enough.


“It’s always a difficult game and Blackpool’s form of defence is often to attack. We have to be prepared for that. We will have to soak up pressure and counter attack well when we get the chance.


“We’ve been going fairly well recently and the last three games have been a vast improvement in my eyes. Although we lost on Saturday, it was still a decent performance and we can’t dwell on the result.


“We’ve got to pick ourselves up and carry on from how we did in the away game before that at Bristol City – that was a great performance. Hopefully that will give us a chance of getting the right result.”



Karl recently spoke of an ‘onwards and upwards’ mood in the camp following the successive victories over Bristol and Birmingham and feels the side can quickly bounce back from the harsh defeat six days ago.


“It was a very disappointing result for us at Middlesbrough,” he added. “We were very good value for a point and possibly even three up until what was a poor decision to give a penalty.


“We had turned things around after a bad run by winning against Bristol and Birmingham and put in another good performance until the penalty decision.


“There have been a few decisions which haven’t gone our way recently, which is disappointing because they are big games.


“But there is nothing we can do about them and we just have to deal with it and move on. We want to get ourselves back on track and climbing the table.


“It’s going to be a very difficult game at Blackpool. They are a good, attacking site especially at home, and have been doing well again recently.


“They got a good result against Blackburn on Saturday and will be going into the game with a lot of confidence.”


There’s a strong West Midlands influence in the Seasiders camp these days, with the likes of Kevin Phillips, Isaiah Osbourne, Paul Ince’s son Thomas and the on-loan Nathan Delfouneso.


And they are managed by former Albion man Michael Appleton, who has succeeded Ian Holloway after serving a difficult apprenticeship as boss at troubled Fratton Park.


“I thought he did a very decent job under difficult circumstances at Portsmouth with no budget whatsoever,” Karl said.


“He managed to persuade some good players to go and play for him there and, by all accounts, did very well.


“He is clearly a good up-and-coming manager and I think now he has got the chance at Blackpool, he will be able to pick up where Ian Holloway left off.


“It’s going to be a very difficult game for us but it’s one where we need to get a result after what happened at Middlesbrough.”

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