Henry bullish ahead of Blues test

28 November 2009 01:28
Mick McCarthy's side have slipped into the Premier League relegation zone after seven games without a win.[LNB]They are five points adrift of Birmingham, who were promoted alongside them last season, and allowing that gap to increase to eight points is unthinkable in the home camp.[LNB]Wolves head into the match having conceded a total of eight goals in their last two games against Arsenal and Chelsea, but a defiant Henry said: "Our confidence hasn't taken a knock from the last two defeats.[LNB]"Arsenal and Chelsea are among the top teams in Europe and, while you give it your best and obviously try and pick up a result, it's always going to very difficult.[LNB]"We've still got the belief that we can climb the table and there's still been a positive mood about the place this week.[LNB]"We know Birmingham will be another tough game. It's a local derby and they've picked up some decent results in recent weeks.[LNB]"But we've played some good stuff this season and just need to turn those performances into more points on the board.[LNB]"If we perform as we know we can then we have every chance of winning the game and that's what we'll be striving to do."[LNB]Henry is convinced Wolves can show they are at home in the top flight and that all they need is one good result to turn their season around.[LNB]He has taken heart from the success Stoke had as Premier League new boys last season, and added: "I think we have taken to this league and not looked out of place.[LNB]"But we have to prove that we can stay in this league and build on that next season like Stoke City.[LNB]"They had a fantastic season last season, are looking more and more like a mid-table team and are trying to push on.[LNB]"You have to stabilise first and that is what we are trying to do.[LNB]"It will be a massive season for us if we can stay in this league.[LNB]"I feel the club could then really kick on next season and go from strength to strength."[LNB]Birmingham will pose a major test for Wolves as only three teams - Chelsea, Manchester United and Aston Villa - have conceded fewer goals than Alex McLeish's City side this season.[LNB]But Wolves defender Richard Stearman believes the team should look no further than Hull to see how quickly things can turn around.[LNB]Two wins and a draw in their last three games have revived Hull's season, and Stearman said: "Not so long ago it was doom and gloom at Hull.[LNB]"But they have put some good performances together and you can see what a difference it has made to them.[LNB]"They have jumped out of the relegation zone by stringing a few results together and that is what we are aiming to do.[LNB]"We have just played two of the big hitters in back-to-back games but this match against Birmingham is one we are looking to get points from."[LNB]Wolves boss McCarthy will recall striker Kevin Doyle after he was rested for last weekend's 4-0 defeat at Chelsea following his exertions for the Republic of Ireland.[LNB]Right-back Kevin Foley is also on alert to start after French defender Ronald Zubar suffered an ankle ligament injury in training.[LNB][LNB] Wolves 11/8, Birmingham 2/1, Draw 9/4  

Source: Team_Talk