I'm no cheat! Villa's Albrighton hits back at jibes over Henry sending off
Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton has revealed his hurt at being branded a 'cheat' by Wolves fans following the sending-off of midfielder Karl Henry during the weekend derby clash.
Former Wolves skipper Henry was given a straight red card for kicking out at Albrighton during the second half of Villa's 3-2 win at Molineux.
But Wolves supporters booed Albrighton every time he touched the ball during the remainder of the game for his response to the actions of Henry, who must serve a three-game ban.
Early bath: Karl Henry is shown the red card during Wolves defeat
Albrighton said: 'It (the kick) was pretty hard and it winded me. It's something I wouldn't want again.
'It hurts, definitely, when I read the papers on Sunday and Monday. It does hurt a lot, especially when people in the crowd call you a cheat when I was the victim, on the floor getting kicked.
'But that's football, part and parcel of the game these days, and you have to take the criticism thrown at you. It spurs you on to do even better when people are booing you and calling you a cheat.'
Long walk: Henry has apologised but faces a three match ban
Albrighton can understand Henry's actions in the heat of battle.
He said: 'I think he probably saw the red mist and lost his head a little. He's probably a really nice guy off the pitch although I don't really know him.
'Something stupid came over him. I'm not saying it's right to go around kicking people on the sly but in the heat of the moment, these things happen. The emotions are high and the pressure is there.'
Henry has already apologised for his actions which means he will miss the games with Liverpool, QPR and West Brom.