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Tough Tykes Test


12:42 19th February 2013

Henry ready for another huge game

Last time Wolves played at Barnsley, in April, 2009, skipper Karl Henry was one of those involved in an afternoon of pure celebration as a 1-1 draw secured the Championship title a week on from clinching promotion.


The temperature at Oakwell tonight will be far lower than that sunny Spring afternoon, but the stakes are even higher as Wolves travel to the side a point and a position below in the table but boasting a game in hand.


And talking of temperature the Tykes are on a hot streak of form having won seven and drawn one of their last eight fixtures to move to the brink of moving out of the bottom three – at Wolves’ expense - should they chalk up another three points tonight.


Henry is well aware of what is in store up in South Yorkshire, and knows Wolves must show the necessary spirit and belief if they are to take something away from the game.


“It’s another huge game but they are all huge games for us now,” says the midfielder.


“We certainly can’t be losing to teams around us.


“We need to try to win the game, but we certainly need to not get beaten, we need to keep a clean sheet and to do that we have to keep doing what we’ve been doing in the last couple.


“It’s just about remaining positive and having belief in what we’re doing and belief we’re going about things the right way.


“In our last home game against Leeds the first half wasn’t so great but in the second half we were playing very well.


“It is individual errors - it only takes a second for someone to not concentrate and we will concede a goal which costs us games.


“That happens and it doesn’t necessarily mean the team spirit is poor, it just means people are making small mistakes that are costing you.


“As soon as you eradicate those and get everybody following runners, tracking back and doing all the horrible things that we have been trying to put right, hopefully you start picking up results.


“We believe we’re going about things the right way and it will come.


“That win can’t come soon enough and, when it does, hopefully we will kick on and go from there.


“That win is eluding us right now and it’s more vital than ever.


“We looked more solid at Derby and we now need to sort ourselves out at the other end and start scoring goals.”


Kaspars Gorkss made an impressive debut on the first game of his emergency loan spell at Pride Park, forming a decent partnership with Danny Batth.

With Roger Johnson available again after suspension, and Christophe Berra an unused substitute on Saturday, there is plenty of food for thought for boss Dean Saunders ahead of tonight’s game.


Henry was impressed both with the new arrival and the performance of Batth.


“Kaspars had a good debut,  he looked solid, won his headers and looked commanding,” he said.


“And Danny Batth gave another solid performance, made a lot of blocks and won a lot of headers.


“The two of them looked good together.


“Danny has a lot about him, he’s an old head on young shoulders and he’s got a bit of experience from playing at Sheffield Wednesday.


“You don’t get promoted, which he did last season, if you haven’t got a lot of mental strength as well.


“He’s a good lad and a good player who did well.


“Derby were a good team with a good set of young players.


“They attack with endeavour and enthusiasm and it was a difficult place to go to and get points. It was a good result.”


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