McCarthy backing Ebanks-Blake
Mick McCarthy has urged under-fire striker Sylvain Ebanks-Blake to keep working through his goal drought.
Last Updated: 20/01/10 3:52pm
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has urged under-fire striker Sylvain Ebanks-Blake to keep working through his goal drought.
The 23-year-old has found the Premier League difficult after plundering goals for fun at Championship level.
Ebanks-Blake has just one league goal to his name this season and has gone nine games without finding the back of the net after scoring against Aston Villa.
McCarthy knows the striker is going through a tough period, however, he believes that if he maintains his work ethic then the rewards will come.
The Wolves boss feels for his misfiring marksman, but stopped short of confirming whether he would be dropped against Crystal Palace.
"Sylvan has been playing in the team and he just has to keep going. It's tough - but he did it last season and he'll score his goals," said McCarthy.
"But, if you're asking whether I'm going to play him on Saturday and beyond, then I'm not going to say because it's not for public consumption.
"I pick the team that I see fit. It's not about 'repaying me' or anyone else, but he's been at it and playing well for the last few games.
"It's really difficult for him. He desperately wants to score. I'm sure the disappointment rests heavily on him. I know it does.
"I don't talk to him much but I can tell it does. You can see the disappointment etched in his face.
"Scoring goals has been his lifeblood. I'm sure he's at a loss to understand it because he'd have scored that chance on Saturday (against Wigan) in the Championship.
"You wonder the longer it goes on, is it coming? Does it come? I know it will come back but it does take time.
"You can't get too frustrated and upset by it. Just keep going. It will turn around."