Guedioura’s hope of a recall

8 04 2010

Guedioura has not featured for the last three games after a half-time substitution at Aston Villa.

Wolves midfielder Adlene Guedioura has admitted that even if he is not picked to replace Karl Henry he will still cheer on whoever takes the captain’s place against Stoke City at Molineux on Sunday.

Henry starts a three-match-ban this weekend after being sent off against Arsenal last weekend and Guedioura says Henry’s absence is not good news for the team.

The French-Algerian said: “It is an opportunity for someone to come in but the decision is up to the gaffer. All of us will want to play but will also support whoever it is that does play. It’s not good news for Karl or for the team.

“We have lost our captain and a good player for three games. It happens in football and we all have to work hard to replace this kind of player and still get a result. A season is very long and you get injuries and suspensions. It’s a squad effort and we all have to be ready to play a part. That’s the way I look at it – I have to be ready for each of these last games if I am called upon to play.”

Guedioura has also praised the Wolves coaching staff for helping him to adapt to the Premier League quicklyand says he just wants to be involved in every match.

He said: “It’s also because the gaffer and the coaches worked with me and the players helped me adapt quickly and accepted me into the team. It’s a good challenge to play in the Premier League and I’m hoping to do more of what I did when I came into the team.

“Now I’ve come out of the team it’s the same as for everyone else in that I have to show every day in training that I can get back into the team. Like every player I want to be involved in every match and so I have to work again to prove to the gaffer that I can be in the starting line-up.

“I enjoyed coming on against Everton and getting involved. Whether the gaffer gives us two, or five or 20 minutes it’s up to us to use that time to show what we can do. Every minute on the pitch is important when you’re in this situation. The gaffer is putting you on the pitch for a reason and you have to do what you can for the team.”

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Wolves decide not to appeal Karl Henry’s red card

6 04 2010

The sending off was the first of Karl Henry's career.

Wolves have today announced they will not appeal Karl Henry‘s red card and against Arsenal on Saturday.    

Captain Henry was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner midway through the second half for a tackle on Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky.  

Henry labelled the decision an absolute disgrace, however if Wolves did appeal and the Premier League deemed it frivolous, Henry could receive an extra game added to his suspension.    

He will now miss Wolves’ games against his former club Stoke, the penultimate away game at Fulham and the home clash with Blackburn.  

Henry’s absence will not open the door for either Dave Edwards, Nenad Milijas or Adlene Guedioura to come back into the team.

Serbia captain Milijas will be more than keen to come back into the starting XI with the World Cup around the corner but he wouldn’t play the same role as Henry and Wolves’ shape would have to be altered. My tip is Guedioura.

My verdict: Despite both Henry and McCarthy’s view that it was not a sending off, the Premier League may still deem the tackle reckless and agree with referee Marriner.





Karl Henry launches stinging attack on Arsenal’s theatrics

5 04 2010

Karl Henry has played all but one of Wolves' games this season.

Wolves captain Karl Henry has heavily criticised Arsenal’s players, claiming they all go down like a “sack of spuds when challenged”.

Skipper Henry was dismissed with 25 minutes to go at the Emirates stadium on Saturday as Wolves lost 1-0 to title-challengers Arsenal. It is fair to say Henry was far from happy with his dismissal.

He said: “I would have been screaming at the referee had I got even a yellow card for that tackle so to get a red card for it is an absolute disgrace.

“I’ve nicked the ball cleanly. One of their players – Vermaelen I think it was – has then come flying in trying to get me sent off. Rosicky is rolling around but two minutes later he is up running around and absolutely fine. That’s what they do here. Their players moan when they get tackled, when they get hit hard, and so does Arsene Wenger.

“Their players go down like a sack of spuds. They get hit hard, like players at other clubs do, but with them we hear about it for weeks and weeks. We love Arsenal’s great football but when they are rolling around getting people sent off, it makes you not want to see them do so well.”

Wolves have until Tuesday lunchtime to decide whether they are to appeal the three match ban handed to Henry. If they opt to, Wednesday lunchtime is the deadline to provide relevant video evidence to support their case.

Mick McCarthy took plenty of stick from the Arsenal fans after he appeared to applaud Henry’s challenge on Tomas Rosicky. However, according to McCarthy that was not the case.

He said: “I’ve applauded Karl Henry off because he didn’t kick him. I felt bad for him so I ushered him off and congratulated him on his performance. The fans may have thought I was congratulating him on kicking one of their players but I don’t advocate that. I don’t ask anyone to kick anyone.

“I became the pantomime villain, but is that not part of the Premier League? They booed me off because my team actually gave them a fright. Maybe I should have set the team up 4-4-2 and attacked them and got beat by seven goals.”

My verdict: Couldn’t have put it better myself Karl!