The addition of loan signing Jermaine Pennant and the trusty left foot of Bakary Sako is greatly appreciated by one of the men who can benefit from their service into the box – Kevin Doyle.
Sako played a part in both of his goals against Bolton on Tuesday evening laying off a short through ball for the first and then having a free-kick parried by the visiting keeper enabling Doyle to dive in and head the second.
The Irish international said: “They’re really good players – we’ve got a lot of good players who can influence the game going forwards. We need to take advantage of that.
“Sako and Sylvan have been scoring and it was nice for me to get a couple, but Tongo has goals in him and with Jermaine coming in, we’ve got a player of real quality.
“We’ve got some good options coming off the bench as well so we need to start taking advantage of that, starting with Charlton on Saturday.
“We’re not too far off where we want to be. We’re going to be up there and winning games, and that’s what makes it an exciting league. Hopefully, we can be on the end of a win on Saturday.”
As for the style of play Ståle Solbakken has introduced at the club, the Norwegian clearly had a fan in Kevin who adds: “When we’re playing well, we play some good stuff and that’s what happened in the first half against Bolton.
“This manager probably emphasises it more than any other manager I’ve played under about how he wants us to go forwards and play football, not just about how we defend.
“It’s exciting to hear these new ideas, and it’s the most I’ve heard of that sort of thing in my career, so we need to translate that onto the pitch.
“Players are getting more comfortable with the ball and they’re not afraid to have it in tight situations.”