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Skipper Praised


11:55 21st March 2013

Henry professionalism earns boss's praise

Wolves boss Dean Saunders has praised club captain Karl Henry after the midfielder was dropped for last weekend's crucial game against Bristol City.

Henry, an ever-present in the Wolves midfield since Saunders' appointment, made way for David Davis at Molineux on Saturday, and watched from the bench as late goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle gave Wolves a much-needed three points.

However, the manager was this week full of praise for the way the skipper reacted to his decision, and the support he gave to his team-mates as they battled back from the early setback of Davis' disastrous own goal.

"I've spoken to Karl, and he's shown a great attitude," Saunders said. "On Saturday - all the way through the build-up and then during the game itself, he was totally supportive of everybody, and that's the reaction I want.

"That's shown me and everyone else what a good professional he is."

"Karl's played in every game for me and I just felt that Bristol City were going to sit back against us and I thought Davis - who's been itching to get a start - would give us some fresh legs in the team and that he'd benefit us."

Henry, along with the suspended Stephen Ward, was seen congratulating his team-mates as they left the pitch on Saturday, something which Saunders was eager to highlight while reflecting on the performance this week.

"That's exactly what you want," the manager continued. "People show their true colours in times of adversity, and to be fair, Henry, Ward and Doyle have all done that recently.

"I've not had any of them go the other way on me - they all realise how important it is that we stick together. And they know they're going to play."

After the euphoria of a first home win in charge, Saunders has had to reassess his plans for the remainder of the season as the high price Wolves paid for the three points has started to become clear this week.

Carl Ikeme, Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards all now face lengthy spells on the sidelines after suffering injuries on Saturday.

However, Saunders believes that their misfortune will present chances to players on the fringe of the first team, and he is eager that they follow the example of Saturday's Man of the Match, and make the most of their opportunities.

"I'd say to them, 'go and do what Stephen Hunt did' - there's an example for everyone," he said. "Hunt made the two goals and I'm sure the supporters are feeling a lot better about him now.

"If you go out and try your best, perform on the pitch and get the right results, the fans will love you."

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