McCarthy may drop mis-firing Ebanks-Blake

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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is refusing to confirm whether out of sorts striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will retain his place for Saturday's home FA Cup clash with Crystal Palace.

Ebanks-Blake scored 25 goals last season and played a major role in Wolves gaining promotion from the Coca Cola Championship. But he has found it difficult to adjust to the Barclays Premier League and his only top flight goal came against Aston Villa from the penalty spot.

"Sylvan has been playing in the team and he just has to keep going. It's tough - but he did it last season and he'll score his goals.

"But, if you're asking whether I'm going to play him on Saturday and beyond, then I'm not going to say because it's not for public consumption. I pick the team that I see fit. It's not about 'repaying me' or anyone else, but he's been at it and playing well for the last few games."

McCarthy concedes Ebanks-Blake is struggling to come to terms with his goal drought and on Saturday he squandered a gilt-edged chance against Wigan from close range.

He said: "It's really difficult for him. He desperately wants to score. I'm sure the disappointment rests heavily on him. I know it does. I don't talk to him much but I can tell it does. You can see the disappointment etched in his face.

"Scoring goals has been his lifeblood. I'm sure he's at a loss to understand it because he'd have scored that chance on Saturday (against Wigan) in the Championship.

"You wonder the longer it goes on, is it coming? Does it come? I know it will come back but it does take time. You can't get too frustrated and upset by it. Just keep going. It will turn around.

"If you look at some of the games, Sylvan was denied by a great save against Burnley from a header and Petr Cech made an awesome save off him at Chelsea.

"If he'd have got those two goals, things would be looking a lot different. Sylvan - and Kevin Doyle - are both goalscorers."

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Petr Cech
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Kevin Doyle
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Aston Villa
Crystal Palace
Wolverhampton Wanderers
FA Cup
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