Karl Henry did not pull any punches with his stark assessment of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ performance as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Swansea City on Saturday.
The Wolves captain branded their showing in south Wales as ‘rubbish’ and said the absence of several of the side’s star players, such as Michael Kightly, Matt Jarvis, Chris Iwelumo and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake should not be used as an excuse.
“It was definitely our worst performance of the season,” said the Wolverhampton-born midfielder.
“We had a terrible start – it was rubbish. I don’t think any of us imagined we’d be 1-0 down inside the first minute. It was an absolute joke. It was no way to start the game. We gave the ball away, it zipped off the wet surface, they broke and scored.
“We pulled it back to 1-1, but even then they were still having chances and it was a poor performance, so we’re disappointed.
“Last Tuesday, when we lost 3-0 to Reading, I think most people would agree it was never a 3-0 game, but on Saturday we were poor and they looked like scoring more.
“It was definitely our worst performance of the season – no doubt about it. Individually and collectively, there were too many errors. We weren’t at it, it was a bad day at the office and we were punished.
“We’ve had key players out injured but with the players we had playing on Saturday and those in the squad, we’ve got enough to go to Swansea and get something. We didn’t pass the ball well, we couldn’t get near them and defensively, there were errors all over the pitch. They limited us to half-chances. It was just a dour day. We worked hard – everyone gave their all – but there were too many mistakes and things weren’t right. You can cope with a couple of players making mistakes but when the majority of the team were making errors – defensively and offensively – you get punished.”
The injury problems meant manager Mick McCarthy handed debuts to defender George Friend and Carlos Edwards and he admitted the pair had a baptism of fire.
“It was difficult for the debutants coming in,” McCarthy said. “Carlos is an experienced player but he hasn’t had all that much football this season.
“It would be nice to come into a team playing well and take it on, but he’s coming in to a much-changed team and it becomes a bit more difficult. I was pleased with some of the football he produced.
“George had a difficult start and I swapped them about because Wardy (Stephen Ward) has been playing in the back four. George did some good stuff going forward but again it would have been lovely for him to come in when we’ve got the likes of Jarvis, Kightly, Iwelumo and Ebanks-Blake and we’re flying, and he’s just got to fill one slot. It’s always a lot easier to perform when you come into an established side.”