McCarthy - Henry not to blame

Wolves boss defends under-fire captain

Henry: Under fire

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Mick McCarthy has leapt to the defence of Wolves captain Karl Henry after Bobby Zamora's leg was broken on Saturday.

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"He's doing a superb job as captain for me and I can't help the media-led situation which sees the chants coming from the crowd."

Mick McCarthy on Karl Henry

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Forward Zamora sustained the injury following a challenge from Henry during Wolves' 2-1 defeat at Fulham and is facing at least four months on the sidelines.

Henry, who had also been involved in a physical clash with Joey Barton against Newcastle two weeks ago, has since been accused by Cottagers man Clint Dempsey of injuring the England international.

But Wolves manager McCarthy has shown his support for the under-fire skipper, insisting the reputation he has been landed with is unfair.

Concern

"It does concern me a bit how it all gets publicised and it's not the case at all. Karl competes and he has to do in our midfield," McCarthy told the Birmingham Mail.

"And the worst two tackles on Saturday, one was on him and one was on (Steven) Fletcher.

"That's the way it is but it doesn't bother me as much as conceding the goal from the free-kick.

"He's a good player for me, Karl Henry, and I thought he was terrific again.

"He's doing a superb job as captain for me and I can't help the media-led situation which sees the chants coming from the crowd.

"But we'll have to cope with it because we can't do anything about any tag that we're given even if we feel it's grossly unfair.

"We'll just carry on playing the way we are playing.

"I expect us to be competitive but I don't condone going around kicking people and we don't do that."

Blame

McCarthy is adamant Henry cannot be blamed for Zamora's injury, insisting the challenge he made on the forward was a fair one.

"I'm desperately sad for Bobby Zamora and for Fulham," he added. "I don't condone any nastiness at all and it wasn't a bad tackle.

"Danny Murphy came over to me and said he'd have a word with Bobby because it was a fair tackle. That was nice and good sportsmanship."