Karl Henry has contemplated Wolves’ 3-1 defeat at home to Preston in the Championship on Saturday and believes it was “uncharacteristic” while tipping his team to bounce back against Birmingham City in the FA Cup tonight.
The Wolves skipper believes the third round tie at St Andrew’s – rescheduled after the original fixture was postponed ten days ago due to a heavy ground frost – is the perfect stage for Mick McCarthy’s side to rid themselves of the hangover of what was only their second home defeat of the campaign this season.
He said: “Preston died for the cause and maybe we didn’t and that is just not good enough.
“It was an uncharacteristic performance – we can’t afford to have many more of those otherwise it won’t be a good season.
“But there are no excuses. We got beaten by the better team. It’s a bit of a wake-up call for us.”
Henry admits manager Mick McCarthy was not impressed with Saturday’s capitulation – and let his players know it in the dressing room after the match.
“We didn’t show enough determination to win and we know it was a poor performance. We had a talking-to in the dressing room – we don’t want to be slapped like that at home.
“It was a poor performance because we’ve got to be picking up three points every time we play at home.
“We fear no one and no one’s hitting the panic button but we know we can’t have any more of those performances otherwise it will be doom and gloom.”
Wolves will be without right back Kevin Foley tonight who is still struggling with a hamstring injury.
Wolverhampton-born Henry added: “I think we’ve got enough quality for this game even if we didn’t show it on Saturday.”