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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Henry urges Wolves to win ugly

KARL Henry believes Wolves have to rediscover how to play "ugly" as he looks to put his weekend spat with Joey Barton behind him in tonight's Carling Cup clash with Millwall at Molineux.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy dismissed QPR midfielder Barton's claims that Henry “tries to hurt people” after the weekend clash between the sides at Molineux, which the visitors won 3-0.

Now former skipper Henry is |looking for below-par Wolves to return to the traits that helped them gain promotion from the Championship and stay in the top flight for the past two seasons.

Henry said: “We want to play football and it is something we've added to our game.\[Tom Lovejoy\]”We've got better players in the team than we had last season. But we've still got to know our identity and what we are about. From time to time it is going to be an ugly game and you've got to earn the right to play. We didn't do that against QPR. We've not lost our identity but maybe just forget what has got us here in the first place, why we have stayed in the league for two years.

“We are not going to go through this season playing like Brazil every week and staying in the Premier League that way. It is going to be a hard slog. We've got to know what we are about and there are times when we've got to make it ugly – and we didn't do that against QPR.”

McCarthy is refusing to be drawn into a war or words with Barton, who claimed “I don't know what Mick has been smoking” after reports that Wolves had rejected the chance to sign the controversial midfielder.

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