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Slaven Bilic: Goals will come for Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore

Slaven Bilic is confident the goals will soon start to flow in the Championship for both Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore.

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Charlie Austin hit the post. (AMA)

Austin nearly added to his debut goal in the Carabao Cup on Saturday, when he hit the post against Luton from close range after coming off the bench.

He could start his first league game at Reading on Wednesday after playing just 10 minutes at Kenilworth Road.

The £4million signing from Southampton would replace Zohore, who is yet to score this season after starting the opening three league games following an £8m move from Cardiff.

Bilic thinks the goals will come for both his strikers, and was also pleased with an improvement in Zohore's all-round game in the second half on Saturday.

"On the one hand with centre forwards it's always about how many goals you score," he said.

"I told him [Zohore] the goals will come, but we need a guy who can play the balls off to the players because our second row are our biggest weapons.

"He was very good in that in the second half. The goals will come, he has to believe it, and work hard like he did on Saturday."

However, Austin looked more like scoring against Luton in his brief cameo and smashed the post from close range after good work down the wing by match-winner Grady Diangana.

"It was great touch from Grady by the way, that first touch, that's crazy," said Bilic. "And then Charlie was a bit unlucky.

"He was there, he knows where to be. We need him to score that goal and I'd love him to. I was pleased he was in the right place and he will score goals."

Bilic may have been pleased with his team in the second half, but he was disappointed with the lack of movement in the final third in the first half.

"We weren't bad in the first half, we were there, we were coming into good situations, two v one, running into the box and then we needed to create, but we weren't brave enough to do it," he said.

"The final ball was not there or the movement especially was not there. So we had a bit of a spark, one change, and second half it was a different team.

"It's all about consistency, there will be ups and downs, even the biggest teams in the world have ups and downs.

"It's our job to keep the players on their toes, keep them confident, but humble."