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Faith In Strikers


10:24 1st March 2013

Boss's backing for frontmen

Dean Saunders has confirmed that the club are still trying to add to the squad during the loan window, but has said he is confident in the ability of his current strikers to deliver the goals to keep Wolves in the nPower Championship.

After bringing in two defenders during the window so far, the manager has admitted that he would like to boost his forward line going into the final weeks of the season.

However, the Welshman - prolific during his own playing career - said that he is satisfied that his existing playing staff possess the neccessary fire power.

"I've tried different combinations - I played Bjorn Sigurdarson and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake at Barnsley, then I put Bakary Sako just behind Bjorn against Cardiff," Saunders said.

"They combined well for our goal at Barnsley and they created a few chances between them against Cardiff - Bjorn's put in three or four great crosses they we've really got to score from.

"He's doing well - he's quicker than the rest over a long distance and he's a bit different."

Sigurdarson played the second half in the 2-1 defeat to Cardiff on the right wing, making way for Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle, who both came on as half-time substitutes.

The change in formation saw Wolves pose a far greater threat to the league leaders, and almost draw level late on as Ebanks-Blake missed from close range after a Sako cross.

"Sylvan looked dangerous," said the manager. "I said to him after the game that he's run from his own box to get on the end of that chance, that's the main thing. If he makes that run again next week, the chances are he'll score.

"I thought Doyle played well as well when he came on - that's probably the best he's done since I've been here," he continued.

"He looks sharp, I just think he needs a bit of belief and confidence. If you care, which he does, it kills you when you're not scoring. It'll be hurting him, the situation we're in."

As well as praising the senior members of his strikeforce, the manager also had words of encouragement for the younger frontmen at the club after watching the under 21's come from behind to beat West Ham in midweek.

"I watched Jake Cassidy play alongside Liam McAlinden for the under 21's and they were magnificent," he said. "It was the best exhibition of two strikers playing together I've seen for a long time, so they're playing their way in as well.

"McAlinden's a goalscorer. He's a bit lightweight at the moment, but every time I've seen him, he's got in on goal and he's looked dangerous.

"Likewise, if Cassidy comes into the side and scores four or five goals for us between now and the end of the season, I wouldn't be surprised."

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