Strikers excite Rovers boss

28 August 2007 12:33
Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes believes he has seen the beginnings of one of the most lethal strike partnerships in the Premier League after finally seeing Benni McCarthy and Roque Santa Cruz in tandem. Hughes unleashed his new-look strikeforce for the first time during Saturday's 1-1 stalemate with Everton. Santa Cruz, the £3.5million summer signing from Bayern Munich, got himself on the scoresheet for the third time this season and Hughes is delighted with the way the Paraguay striker has settled since his arrival. McCarthy also returned to the starting line-up after missing the last two matches with concussion. "I thought they did very well," Hughes told the club's official website. "I thought they caused Everton a problem because Benni was dropping into those little pockets of space in behind their midfield and linking the play and I thought it worked quite well. "Roque is an exceptional player and we are delighted with what he has shown so far. "I think there is a lot more to come from Roque. The one big thing that was levelled against him was that he didn't score goals. "He's proved in the short time that he's been here that he's got an eye for a goal and he'll score a lot more before the season is over."

Source: ESA