McCarthy backs Ebanks-Blake to fire

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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is backing Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to score goals at Barclays Premier League level after the striker broke his top-flight duck in the home draw with Aston Villa.

Ebanks-Blake was a prolific goalscorer in helping Wolves gain promotion back to the Premier League last season. And he kept his nerve in drilling home a late equaliser from the penalty spot to cancel out Gabriel Agbonlahor's sixth goal of the campaign.

McCarthy said: "Sylvan has been desperate to get his first goal. We all believe he can play in the Premier League and score goals in it. Don't anyone under-estimate the taking of that penalty in that atmosphere. He has still got to score it and it was a fairly emphatic finish."

McCarthy also felt Wolves should have had a first half spot-kick after Villa defender Richard Dunne appeared to hold back Kevin Doyle.

But McCarthy dismissed the notion that a bigger name player than the Republic of Ireland international would have been awarded the penalty.

He said: "If it is a pull of the shirt or a push, it is a penalty and I thought it was.

"But I think it is unfair to say that a bigger name would have got the penalty.

"Kevin is a terrific footballer. He is Ireland's number nine, a Premier League player who has scored goals at this level."

McCarthy added: "I could argue we didn't get a penalty at Sunderland and here against Portsmouth and should have had one. But the referees give the decisions honestly.

"When you go a goal down, you are glad to get a point. When you go a goal down, teams often shut up shop. They didn't and we had chances and it was Villa who were hanging on at the end."

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