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Strong Enough To Cope


13:05 31st December 2013

Striker subject to criticism.

Jake Cassidy has been subject to criticism from fans on his Twitter account – as well as receiving a lot of support from others.

But Head Coach Kenny Jackett believes the striker is strong enough to cope with any adverse comments that are aimed in his direction.

The Welsh under 21 man enjoyed a prolific loan spell with Tranmere last season but has still to open his Wolves account despite some selfless, old fashioned centre-forward play. 

Kenny acknowledges: “Cassidy has given us so much in terms of physical presence, effort, closing down and his hold-up play has been very good.

“At present those strikes haven’t been going in, but he’s had a lot of chances this season.

“He’s had big chances - if you go right back to the Bristol City one at the start of the season where he took it around the keeper, the one against Notts County and Tranmere at home, plus a couple in the first half against Leyton Orient.

“But I see all that as positive because if you’re a centre forward and you don’t get chances, you never will score.

“I feel at 20 he’s got a good future, he brings a lot to the team and he gets chances so I have every faith that once the goals start to go in, they will continue.”

Cassidy has found himself the target for some scathing comments from supporters on Twitter, and whilst Kenny reckons that using the medium will expose a player to criticism, it is something that the player is more than capable of handling.

He said: “Twitter is part of our society now but I wonder sometimes now why players go on it because you’re opening yourself up when you do.

“But it is every individual’s choice – you can’t ban players from looking at social media because it becomes very difficult then.

“Jake is more than capable of looking after himself anyway and if he’s had a gentle go back, that’s it.

“And, for all of us, taking criticism is part of the lifestyle we have.

“Whether you’re a manager, coach or player, you’re there to be shot at and you’re going to get some criticism so how you handle that is being part of a professional, whether it’s justified or not is down to opinion.

“Some people would say any piece of criticism is right, others would say it’s wide of the mark –that’s the beauty of the game.

“I don’t think you can come into this game and think or be naive enough to think you won’t get criticism.

“As a young striker, he’s strong enough to take that and keep going through.

“He has to keep playing well and put the ball in the back of the net, as well as play in a winning team.

“Those things answer any questions and always your biggest opportunity to answer people, is out there on the pitch.

“That goes for everyone on my side of the fence.”

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