Henry highlights mental gain
Karl Henry believes Wolves hold a huge psychological advantage over their relegation rivals.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 22/05/11 11:52am
Karl Henry believes Wolves hold a huge psychological advantage over their relegation rivals going into Survival Sunday.
A strong finish has seen Mick McCarthy's men climb out of the drop zone and a win against Blackburn at Molineux will ensure a third successive season in the Premier League.
However, Wolves remain one of five clubs in danger, two of which will be relegated, but club captain Henry believes having their destiny in their own hands eases the pressure.
"It's not been nice, it's not been enjoyable, but we've pulled ourselves out at the right time and it's in our own hands to stay out again," Henry told The Sunday Mirror.
"We're fortunate we're in a position that if we win our game we're safe and that's all we'll go out to do.
"I think going into the last day it is huge psychologically to be outside of the relegation zone.
"A couple of months ago we went four games unbeaten and had a really good run. So to be out of the relegation zone going into the final game is massive psychologically.
"There are some teams knowing that no matter what they do, it may not be enough."
Three teams are tied on 39 points, with Wolves and Sunday's opponents Blackburn on 40, but Henry insists he and his team-mates will set out knowing what they need to do to survive.
He said: "We've all studied the table and looked at every possibility and there's so many things that could happen that nobody could possibly predict it, so we just need to take care of ourselves.
"I can't put in to words how big this game is for all concerned with this club and everyone at the bottom of the Premier League.
"We all know that the rewards are huge for staying in this division. As for me, I would be hugely proud to lead the club into a third season in the Premier League.
"To be captain of your hometown club is something that I never dreamed of doing and to be in the Premier League doing it is fantastic.
"It's the best league in the world. It's where we want to be and we'll fight tooth and nail to make sure we are still there on Sunday night."