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Skipper On Survival Scrap


12:00 12th April 2013

Henry determined to make a difference

Wolves captain Karl Henry admits that the pressure is firmly on him and his side going into this tomorrow's crucial game with Huddersfield, but has backed his team-mates to rise to the challenge.

The two sides are locked on 48 points, and are both just a single point above the drop zone going into the Molineux meeting.

After starting the last four games on the bench, the skipper made an early entrance in last week's defeat to Bolton, and now looks set to play a major part in the final five games after it was confirmed that David Davis is likely to miss the rest of the season due to the ankle injury he picked up at the Reebok Stadium.

"Obviously, I want to play - I always want to play," he explains. "Maybe when you've been out of the team for a while, you're chomping at the bit to get back, but I certainly don't need any extra motivation playing for this club.

"I'll always give my everything in every game I play here - if I do get a chance, I'll do whatever I can to ensure that I perform and the team performs."

Of the Bolton defeat, Henry says: "It's a tough place to go - I can't remember us ever having much success up there. We just started the game sloppily and once you go 2-0 down against a team like that, they can just play the way they want to play.

"These things happen though," he said of the defeat, which came after Wolves had won their previous three games. "It certainly wasn't down to complacency - we certainly didn't feel that we were safe.

"We know we need a good few results yet."

The Huddersfield game is the first of the five remaining games that will decide Wolves' fate, and Henry is adamant that the disappointment of the Reebok loss will not be carried into the relegation battle.

"The team have been playing well, so there's no cause for concern. We've just got to dust ourselves off and tighten up a few things. We've got a big team so we shouldn't be losing goals from set-pieces as we did at Bolton," he explains.

Three of those remaining five games are at home, and Henry is hopeful that the side have turned a corner following a disappointing run on home soil.

"Our home form hasn't been great for probably around the last 18 months," he says. "But the last few games have been good, and hopefully we've turned a corner.

"We need to pick up where we left off in our last home game. We've shown great enthusiasm in recent weeks and have taken games by the scruff of the neck, and we intend to continue that so being at home will be a great advantage.

"If we can get the wins we need here, we'll be ok."

Wolves have taken seven points from their last three home games - wins over Bristol City and Middlesbrough and a credible late draw against promotion-chasing Watford - with the run helping move them just clear of the bottom three.

Now, Henry says that the squad must again dig deep to ensure that they are not dragged further into what is becoming an increasingly frantic scrap for survival.

"The Bolton result obviously puts more pressure on the Huddersfield game," he said. "The pressure is on, but the boys have responded to it really well in recent weeks and have picked up a good few wins.

"For the neutral, the league must be great to watch - it was only a few weeks ago that we were looking at Blackburn as an example of a team that have lifted themselves into play-off contention, and now they're right back in the relegation zone.

"It'll go to the wire - no doubt. Goal difference will probably come into it as well.

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