By Nick Price
Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Karl Henry has revealed that the whole squad is behind boss Mick McCarthy.
Two victories in three games have seen the Midlands side climb to 12th in the Premier League, but the good form has been tempered by a controversial second string outing at Old Trafford.
A weakened eleven was picked by boss McCarthy following a physically draining over Tottenham Hotspur, and precipitated Sunday's victory over rivals Burnley, but Henry has revealed that some of Wolves' first team were disappointed to not face Manchester United.
"It was a hugely important win and we back the gaffer 100% with his decisions," Henry told The Birmingham Post.
"A few of the players were disappointed that they weren't playing at Manchester United."
Despite the wholesale changes, the midfielder has backed the boss to succeed and understands the rationale behind the unpopular choice.
"But we knew it was a big decision for the gaffer and we realise it was the best one for us and for the club. He wants the club to stay in this division. He's a great manager.
"He's done a great job for the club and I'm glad we got a result for him against Burnley, as well as for everybody else.
"I think people will probably argue we're professional footballers and we should deal with it [the fixture list].
"In the Championship, where you play 46 games, we did. But we could play Championship games at less than 100% and still win.
"In this league it just doesn't happen," he added.
"We have to be 100% every single game and I think the gaffer realised that and recognised we worked our socks off against Tottenham.
"Fair play to him and we repaid him with the win over Burnley."
Team-mate Kevin Doyle, a goalscorer against the Clarets on Sunday, similarly heralded the former Irish boss's decision at Old Trafford, claiming it gave the side the edge over their relegation battling rivals.
"There was a lot of pressure on us against Burnley," he said.
"We had listened to a lot of stuff during the week and we got a lot of frustration out.
"People were saying Burnley have had a great start to the season, and that we had a crap start, and yet we are level on points with them.
"We could have all played at Old Trafford and still won against Burnley as well but it definitely gives you that edge.
"It justified the manager's decision. We got the three points, we are 12th-13th in the league and I am sure it makes him a happy man."