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The Next Generation


09:30 14th January 2013

Henry's praise for emerging talents

Karl Henry believes the next generation of players coming through the Wolves ranks will serve the club well in the future.

The skipper is a long-term admirer of midfield colleague David Davis, who was particularly impressive in Friday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn having broken onto the scene in the last third of the Premier League campaign last year.

Danny Batth is also fighting to break through and Anthony Forde has enjoyed plenty of match action, while new boss Dean Saunders handed Jake Cassidy a full debut up front against Rovers.

“Jake did really well,” said Henry.

“He has done well in training and scored a lot of goals while away on loan at Tranmere.

“He must be really proud of how he did on Friday night.

“I thought David Davis was excellent as well – they are both great, young players.

“Danny Batth is also chomping at the bit and is another player who will be a great centre half for Wolves for years to come.

“There are a lot of positives going on and we have got to sort things out here on the pitch.”

Henry himself has been impressed by the first week of the Saunders era at Molineux, and is confident it will improve the club’s poor home form from the foundations of good, honest hard work.

“I’ve loved every minute of it so far,” he added.

“The manager is very positive and the message he has is a positive one.

“He is full of energy and it is rubbing off on the players.

“I am raring to go for the next game.

“Losing games becomes a habit and it has become difficult here at home, we haven’t done well enough.

“In any league you have to do well at home and we haven’t done that.

“The fans were great on Friday, they’ve been great all season, and we’ve got to give them something to shout about.

“It is important we do well and win our home fans over with some good, positive performances.

“We know that if we give it our all that even if we lose they will clap us off the pitch.

“Working hard is a minimum requirement – we did against Blackburn and have to do it every game.”

There were signs even within a few days of the boss’s arrival of the team trying different approaches from set pieces.

Utilising the aerial talents of Roger Johnson appears to be a particular aim, and it was the big defender who popped up with the crucial equaliser against Rovers from Jamie O’Hara’s exquisite centre.

“You’ve got to play to your strengths,” says Henry.

“Roger Johnson is seven feet tall and can win a lot in the air.

“It was a great finish from him and a great ball from Jamie O’Hara when he came on.

“We’ve got that in the locker and have got to start scoring more goals from set pieces.

“We need to play winning football and get ourselves up the league if we can put a run together.”







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