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Karl Henry - To boo or not to boo

One of the biggest talking points after the game with Newcastle revolved once again around Karl Henry.

This season of course it had nothing to do with Joey Barton, as we had the misfortune of meeting him a couple of weeks ago against his new club QPR.

This season it was the fans reaction to his 58th minute substitution, with some fans inside Molineux cheering as he went off the pitch, not because the former skipper had put in a glowing performance, but in sarcastic applause because some thought he might have had a bit of a mare.

Obviously he wasn't having the greatest of games, but he was being voted as man-of-the-match last week against Liverpool, so it has hardly been a long run of poor form; it all seemed rather distasteful and fickle to me.

No doubt these are the same boo-boys who will be calling for Mick's head over the next couple of months, only to be chanting his name come the end of the season once we have survived another season in the Premier League.

The reaction of the crowd certainly annoyed Jamie O'Hara, who would probably be forgiven if he was re-thinking his previous comments about the great support the side receive from the fans.

'Thought it was shocking that the fans cheered Karl off today. A player that gives everything deserves better from our fans. he wrote on his twitter page.

He added: 'It's a long season and the fans should get behind the team. We are still improving and that takes time.

'When they got behind us we were good and created chances. Come on Wolves' fans, we need your support. It doesn't do anyone any good booing us.'

While Wolves gaffer Mick McCarthy refused to comment simply telling the Daily Mail: 'You guys can write it, but I'm going to decline answering that if you don't mind.'

Some will argue that they pay their money and they can do as they like. Which to a certain extent is very true.

Football is not the cheapest of pastimes at the moment, certainly not during this current 'financial climate' as the media types would call it and it is one of many reasons why there are so many empty seats inside Molineux at the moment.

But what positives come from booing and jeering our own players?

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The Journalist

Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 3 2011

Time: 2:02PM

Your Comments

I don't think that KH deserved to be booed off the pitch, he is a commited player to the cause. But I really do think that MM needs to take his head out of the sand! The first half diplays have cost us in 3 games, big style!
SUPERSPARKES
watching Match of the Day on saturday, I turned to my son who is also a tacking midfielder and thought if Karl Henry can play Prem football, then perhaps my son might play for Spurs one day.. In saying that, I love a player who gives his absolute all and perhaps he remains the type of player you still need whilst you develop into a settled Prem side, as im sure you will.
oxfordspur
I have always believed that booing is a 'toboo' subject and that one should never do it. It's unfair and counter-productive: whatever else we might think about KH we cannot question his commitment to the club or the effort he makes. I certainly think he should be rested at the moment because he is not playing well and the team is suffering. If put out to graze he would free up a place for a more creative player like Milijas or a hard-running attacking midfielder with bite like Guedioura. I would like to see both in the side because of their distinct skills but that compounds the problem. It would entail either the dropping of JOH or remodelling the side into a 4-5-1 formation. A4D asked us to look at the alternatives in a thread on the Forum but at the end of the discussion we had not really solved the problem.
Southbank60
I dont see a problem with dropping ohara, he's been out of sorts the past couple games. i think we are in a spot of bother at the moment, and the calling for micks head might not be as outrageous as Akela would have us believe. I think there is a very strong case for the argument that mick has taken us as far as he is capable... and that another 5 years under him would mean us hovering around the relegation spots, and even getting relegated a couple times... Where is the sense, I ask, that we have marked improvement, every time with the addiion of Hammil and AG, yet the stubborn fool persists with negative Henry, or blazing guns O hara... Let me not get started on the defence, as im sure everyone knows how poor our back 4 are. No, i think change is a very valid option.
AdMant
Admant, I dont se a problem with dropping anyone, I am a MM fan, but he seems to be having a "It's my way" moment at this time. I don't see that sacking him at the moment will do any good, but I believe that we will stay up. Perhaps the end of the season might see him go?
SUPERSPARKES
We can only hope SS...
AdMant
I think i've made my opinion on booing clear;under no circumstances is it acceptable to boo any individual whilst he's wearing my colours.It also leaves the real culprits in the clear-those that select the team.I said on a previous thread that it's not George's fault he gets picked and no player has a 'mare on purpose, unless they've a problem with their manager. Which isn't the case with George or KH.The buck starts and stops with MM and Clipboard.All and any criticism should be delivered to them. Abuse on a postcard?..(I'm sure you won't mind me nicking it NY!)
all4divisions
chuck em all out i say
Big Bad Wolf
Don't mind you borrowing it ALL 4! Those who pay the ticket money are supporting the club more than any. If fans can't express themselves inside the ground, are they supposed to keep their trap shut then huddle over pints quietly complaining afterwards. People react- end of story. For the record I did not think the fans were aiming their response at Henry but rather sarcastically at the manager in response to his stubborn insistence to play those who don't necessarily deserve he- he said as much a couple years ago when he was tempted to leave Keogh on to spite the boo boys. I would certainly have cheered to see two players come on who could improve our chances as they did. Karl Henry has an almighty chip on his shoulder so I am sure he is not crying into his cornflakes this morning. As for singing Mick's name at the end of the season..... I won't be singing it based on 'surviving'- I will sing it if we finish 12th which considering the resources at his disposal is more than a reasonable expectation.
New York City Wolf
AdMant : you have it, SB on the verge. Drop JOH. 'blazing guns' indeed. He has not got a goal for himself ever since he 'jokingly' made that bet with Jarvo on who will score the more goals by, as it was then, the end of last season. His contract is secure now, so he should think a bit more of the team instead. Nenad for skill, passing and vision, Gued for fight and bite, Hammill and Zubar for pace......now, before another survival weekend looms. Stubborn fool? Stubborn by all means, but I am still hoping not to the extent to deserve the label in full. Agreed as to the shortcomings of the defence; but let us put right at least what we can put right in the other areas.
lovesW
 

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