Henry slams mouthy Murphy
Karl Henry has accused 'big mouth' Danny Murphy of altering Wolves' image in the eyes of referees.
Last Updated: 25/04/11 11:08am
Karl Henry has accused 'big mouth' Danny Murphy of altering Wolves' image in the eyes of the public and Premier League referees.
The Fulham midfielder spoke out earlier in the season about tough tackles, having seen team-mate Bobby Zamora suffer a broken leg.
That injury was sustained in a meeting with Wolves and Murphy suggested that Mick McCarthy's men can be overly physical at times.
Henry believes Wolves have been victimised ever since those comments were made, with officials now looking to crack down hard on a side they believe like to bend the rules.
He feels Murphy should have kept out of an issue which had little to do with him, with Wolves having paid the price for his outburst.
"We had seven yellow cards [at Craven Cottage] and everything that has happened after that has not helped our season," said Henry.
"Murphy's comments have changed the public perception of us and maybe the referees' perception of us, too. It's taken us a long time to lose that tag. [But] it's been dragged up again because we were playing Fulham.
"We thought we had lost that tag a long time before we played Newcastle away [on 2nd April]. It seems the referee up there had it in his mind straight away that he was going to book us.
"The advice was to not do anything silly and not pick up any silly yellow cards. We picked [them] up anyway.
"The referee identified that we were targeting Joey Barton. That was a load of rubbish. That flatters Joey Barton a ridiculous amount because we don't even talk about him in our team talks."
Asked whether Murphy said anything to him during Wolves' 1-1 draw with Fulham on Saturday, Henry replied: "Not really, there was nothing much said on the pitch.
"I think he's just a bit of a big mouth. He doesn't really want to say much on it. He just says it off it."