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Tongo On Song

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14:15 18th April 2013

Bjorn believes Doumbia can be the difference

Icelandic striker Bjorn Sigurdarson has praised returning midfielder Tongo Doumbia after the Malian international helped Wolves to a crucial victory over Hull in midweek.

After making an impressive start to his first Molineux campaign, the midfield man has found his opportunities limited in the second half of the season, but came in to replace the suspended Jamie O'Hara against the Tigers on Tuesday night.

Now Sigurdarson - a fellow summer signing - believes that Doumbia can build on that impressive performance and prove a vital cog in the Wolves team as they look to secure nPower Championship survival.

"I think he gave us a spark," Sigurdarson explains. "He worked so hard and put 100 per cent into everything and that's what we need now.

"He went through so many challenges and won all of them - it was a great performance. He won the ball and passed it to me to set up Doyle for the goal as well.

"He will gain confidence from that now."

After being shown a straight red card in the weekend defeat to Huddersfield Town, O'Hara will miss all but the last of Wolves' remaining fixtures, adding to the already-damaging list of absentees.

Carl Ikeme, David Edwards, David Davis and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will all follow the twists and turns of the survival battle from the sidelines after being ruled out of the rest of the season through injury, while Bakary Sako faces a race to be fit for the final two games.

However, Sigurdarson believes that Doumbia's impact in midweek shows that the Wolves squad has the strength in depth to cope with such a crippling run of setbacks.

"We showed on Tuesday that it doesn't matter who plays - everyone can do a job," he says.

"Jamie is out and he's a really important player, but Tongo stepped in and did a great job. There's a lot more to come from Tongo as well - he just needs more time to show it."

He continues: "He's been injured a lot - I think everyone has been injured this season - but if he stays fit, he can be a great player.

"He's capable of playing like he played on Tuesday in every game. Everyone is equally important but he can make a difference, definitely."

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