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Ebanks-Blake to miss out again
02 Oct 2009 - 13:21:10
Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will still not be in the Wolves' starting eleven for this weekend's crunch game against rock-bottom and pointless Portsmouth.
The 23-year-old scored 25 goals last term as Wolves secured promotion from the Championship but has failed to start a Premier League game since suffering a hamstring injury in the opening day defeat against West Ham United.
McCarthy said: "Players have to earn the right to be on the pitch and he's doing everything he can. He's worked hard this week but then the other two or three in there, or whoever it might be, have to do their upmost to keep him where he is.
"I think those two (Kevin Doyle and Andy Keogh) are doing enough to keep him where he is. They were great at Sunderland.
"Somebody asked me about Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones, but I thought our front two were equally as good and caused just as many problems.
"But they didn't get a penalty each and one of them didn't fire one in from 25 yards."
Of the weekend clash against crisis club Portsmouth, McCarthy added: "I think it's the most dangerous game. We should all have the attitude that it's going to be tough.
"We're going to have to do our level best and play at our very optimum to beat them. Anything less and there's the danger it could go the wrong way.
"Paul Hart's got a very experienced team and possibly with the way things are going for them, experience is the best thing they can have.
"They're not getting spanked, they've got good Premier League players. I look at their team - Younes Kaboul, Tal Ben Haim, Michael Brown, Jamie O'Hara, Kevin Boateng, Frederic Piquionne, Tommy Smith, while Kanu came on last week."