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Ebanks-Blake: I'm always confident
Published : 25 Apr 2010 13:46:00
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake insists he never lost faith in his ability after netting his first Premier League goal in open play for Wolves on Saturday. Ebanks-Blake scored 25 goals to help Mick McCarthy's side gain promotion from the Championship 12 months ago. But this season he suffered early injury problems, failed to deliver the goods when fit and during the latter part of the campaign has had a bit part role with Kevin Doyle used as the lone striker. Any frustration temporarily evaporated when the former Plymouth Argyle player came off the bench against Blackburn with 11 minutes to go at Molineux and within 60 seconds had headed an equaliser to cancel out Ryan Nelsen's first-half opener. It took Wolves' points tally to 10 from the last seven matches and ended a run of 469 minutes without a goal. Asked if ever doubted he had a future at Wolves, Ebanks-Blake said: "No, never. While I'm still involved, and still a Wolves player, that is my only focus, to try and play games and work hard. "I'm not one of those people who, when they drop out of the team, will start kicking up a fuss. "I've barely spoken to anyone. I've kept professional, stayed about my business, worked hard on the training ground and I'm a Wolves player. "It is never easy (being out in the clod). I was unfortunate to get injured and I've never really built up any momentum. "I've been lucky the last few seasons where I built up a bit of momentum and I've got my goals. This season has been difficult." Ebanks-Blake's only other goal this season was a penalty against Aston Villa at Molineux. He said: "I'm always confident I can score goals - no matter what league it is in - given the chance and I still remain confident. "I've got to do my talking on the pitch. That is what I've got to do and I plan to do and I'm working hard every day on the training ground to achieve that. "I was just glad to get onto the pitch, get some minutes under my belt, and I always feel when I am on the pitch I will get a chance and against Blackburn I got a chance. "Goals breed confidence. Any striker will tell you that. Once I got the goal, I was in a bit of a rhythm and I thought maybe we could capitalise." Blackburn skipper Nelsen has his sights set on a top-10 finish but hopes Rovers do not rue failing to put away their chances at Molineux after giving his side the lead. The New Zealand international said: "A top-10 spot is still there but that is why this result is a really disappointing thing. A win would have put us in good stead for the last two games. "The Premier League is cut throat, but we have two games to redeem ourselves. "I think this game shows the reality of the Premier League. If you don't put away your chances, it will come back and bite you. "It was one lapse in concentration, it was a free header, and they scored and that is the story of the season. It was so near yet so far. We felt in control of the game."