Wolves striker lights up at thought of Blackpool

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Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has his eyes set on more goals after admitting the sight of Blackpool excites him.

Wolves' 10-goal top scorer has bagged braces in each of his last two games against the Tangerines, netting both in the 2-1 win at Bloomfield Road last month and two late strikes in the 4-0 success at Molineux in February 2011.

Those are four of the five goals he has put past the Seasiders in six matches since he moved to Wolves five years ago this month and the 26-year-old is hoping tomorrow's Molineux clash is another chance to fill his boots.

Ebanks-Blake even missed out on what would have been his second Wolves hat-trick before Christmas, when a divot on the bobbly pitch caused him to blaze over an open goal at the death.

He said: "I like playing against Blackpool. Sometimes when you're playing against teams, you think 'I scored against them in the past', and you get a good feeling.

"Blackpool is one of those teams for me."

Looking at the bigger picture, and with Wolves having gone six matches without a victory, Ebanks-Blake admits talk is cheap and action is needed.

He said: "We have to start winning – there's no point talking about it – we need to get a win under our belts then turn that into two wins.

"First we want to beat Blackpool – that will breed confidence."


With one home win in the last 10, the Molineux masses are long overdue three points, but, while victory can't be guaranteed, effort is a pre-requisite under new boss Dean Saunders, insists Ebanks-Blake.

He said: "If we are not winning, we're not happy and the fans aren't happy. We need to put in a performance. The minimum requirement is hard work and determination."

Team-mate Kevin Foley is predicting a far more open affair than last Saturday's attritional encounter at Hillsborough, when Wolves drew 0-0 to follow on from the 1-1 stalemate against Blackburn in Saunders' first game.

Foley said: "They are quite an open team so I think it will be different to the Sheffield Wednesday game which was very tight.


"Hopefully it will give us the opportunity to play a bit more football, especially in front of our own fans at Molineux.

Like Wolves, Blackpool are struggling for form, without a win in their last eight including two FA Cup third round ties against Fulham and with two victories in 15.

Fans are growing anxious at the lack of success at appointing a new manager after the club's failure to lure Sean O'Driscoll, MK Dons' Karl Robinson, Phil Parkinson at Bradford, Birmingham's Lee Clark and Nigel Adkins, who looks set to wait for the offers to come in after his harsh sacking from Southampton.

Steve Thompson is in his second spell in caretaker charge this season, following Michael Appleton's departure for Blackburn after taking the reins when Ian Holloway left for Crystal Palace earlier this season.

In his current stint he has presided over three 2-1 defeats, but there has been an element of ill fortune.

The Tangerines were twice denied by Fulham after leading in the replay, Kieran Richardson's last-gasp strike taking the tie into extra-time then Brede Hangeland scoring the winner four minutes from penalties.

They were then no match for runaway leaders Cardiff last weekend and also went down by the same 2-1 scoreline at Charlton.

But the return of highly-rated winger Matt Phillips off the bench last week after a toe operation was heralded by Thompson as "like having a £7million player back."

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