Henry ready to fight for place

Henry faces competition after the arrival of Iceland international

Eggert Jonsson and on-loan Arsenal player Emmanuel Frimpong. But

the 29-year-old, who lost the captaincy to Roger Johnson last

summer, believes the new players are important to Wolves’ survival

hopes. Henry said: “It (competition) has always been the way and,

until they (Frimpong and Jonsson) came in, maybe we had five or six

attacking midfielders and only myself as a defensive midfielder.

“In the past we’ve had other players who could do the role, such as

Michael Mancienne, and maybe we’ve not really replaced them. “We

all want competition for places deep down because we know it’s good

for the club and keeps everyone on their toes and also is important

if we pick up injuries.” Henry is content with life at Wolves

although he admits he came close to joining QPR before moving to

Molineux from Stoke. He said: “I’ve got to the stage where I’m

happy here, I want to stay in this league and I’ll continue to do

what I do to the best of my ability. “Sometimes I’ll have a stinker

but hopefully more often than not, I’ll do okay. “As regards the

link with QPR, that’s the first I’ve heard of that. “The last time

I was linked with QPR was before I signed here. I had a medical

there and agreed a contract with them and nearly signed for them.

“But I came to Wolves, I’m still very happy here still. It’s news

to me.” Wolves winger Adam Hammill has called for consistency from

referees but is happy Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard escaped a

red card after his challenge on him during Monday night’s clash at

Molineux. Lampard picked up only a booking from referee Peter

Walton and then rubbed salt into Wolves wounds with a last gasp

winner in his side’s 2-1 win. Hammill said: “He caught me a little

late, but I’m not going to make excuses. We should have seen the

game out by tightening up and maybe not let him score. “I think we

just switched off at a vital time. We were two minutes away from

getting a massive point, but let’s not dwell on it. “I don’t want

to say too much about the tackle. It’s down to the ref to make his

decision and to the pundits on Match of the Day to make their minds

up. “I knew he caught me late and it was quite high, but as a

player, you don’t want to see another professional sent off.”

Lampard’s challenge inevitably drew comparisons with the red card

awarded to Wolves midfielder Nenad Milijas for a tackle on Arsenal

play-maker Mikel Arteta a week ago. Hammill said: “I don’t even

think Ned’s one was a foul but what you want is consistency.

“Lampard got booked, and then straight afterwards, I got booked for

closing Ashley Cole down and I never touched him. “You can’t

compare those two tackles. They were totally different. There’s no

consistency, and that’s what we need to have. “Sometimes the bigger

clubs get the decisions but I’m sure it will even itself out.”