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Wednesday 25 January 2012

Henry apologises for sending off

Wolves midfielder admits dismissal cost his team against Aston Villa

Karl Henry was one of Mick McCarthy's first signings as Wolves boss in 2006

Wolves midfielder Karl Henry has apologised to the club's fans for his sending off in the Barclays Premier League match at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The 29-year-old was dismissed on 75 minutes for kicking out at Villa's Marc Albrighton, with the visitors scoring a late goal through Robbie Keane to win the contest 3-2.

"It was frustrating as I was trying to get to the ball and he was holding onto my leg," Henry told the club's official website.

"I was trying to get to the ball and I just kicked out in frustration to try and get away.

"There was no excuse for doing it, but he's one of our players and he's been brilliant for the club"
- Mick McCarthy

"As soon as I did it, I thought 'what have I done' because you can't react like that on a football pitch.

"I hold my hands up - it was a bad error of judgement and a terrible reaction which you just can't do. Ultimately it has cost us.

"I have apologised to the manager and the rest of the lads and would like to apologise to the fans as well because it was really poor."

Henry now faces a three-match ban and will miss the fixtures against Liverpool, QPR and West Bromwich Albion. He is set to return for the trip to Newcastle on 25th February.

And Henry has given his support to his team-mates as they try to get out of the bottom three.

"It's going to be a long month now for me without being able to play for three games," he added. "And it's all from one stupid mistake which has cost the team and cost me.

"I've got to sit it out for three vital games but I'm sure the boys will do the job and get us out of the relegation zone."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, meanwhile, gave his support to a player he signed from Stoke in 2006.

"I don't know too many people who haven't made mistakes in their life and he hasn't made many at this place in the last five-and-a-half years, that's for sure," said McCarthy.

"He's apologised to the players and to me as well.

"There was no excuse for doing it, but he's one of our players and he's been brilliant for the club. So he's still part of it."

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Key Points

  • Karl Henry apologises after second-half dismissal against Aston Villa
  • Midfielder set to miss games against Liverpool, QPR and West Brom
  • Wolves boss Mick McCarthy gives backing to Henry