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Jake Cassidy snaps back at trolls

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Young Wolves striker Jake Cassidy today hit back at the Twitter trolls undermining his role in the club's promotion push.


Cassidy, aged 20, hit back at critics who he labelled 'haters' on the social networking site after he became a target for fans' frustrations.

Head coach Kenny Jackett's steadfast support of the 20-year-old at the exclusion of 13-goal top scorer Leigh Griffiths and Kevin Doyle has left some fans irritated.

Cassidy has yet to score for Wolves in 23 appearances but the Wales Under-21 international retains the support of Jackett, who has chosen him ahead of Griffiths and Doyle in the last two games as Wolves have beaten Crewe 2-0 and drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient yesterday.

"Thanks to the majority for your support and for the ones who just hate every week keep on hating and don't tweet me #HatersGonnaHate," posted Cassidy.

"Thanks for the tweets from the people who appreciate other aspects of the game than just slagging me off for not scoring!

"48 points from first half of season take that, same again for 2nd half and get promotion!

"Anyway have a good night on to Tranmere now."

Jackett believes Cassidy, who joins Wolves at his former loan club Tranmere on New Year's Day, could turn out to be as good as another Wales international striker in Sam Vokes, who Wolves sold to Burnley in July 2012 for £500,000 and he has scored 10 goals for the Clarets this season.

"Jake is a good centre forward," said Jackett. "He needs a goal but when you get that amount of chances and play that well, it will come for you.

"It's the centre forwards who play without getting a chance I worry for.

"I was impressed again with what he brings.

"He's just got to trust himself and keep playing as he is and things will work out for him.

"Sam Vokes was here for many years and has done very well at Burnley.

"'Cass' is a few years younger, but at 20, he has a good future with us.

"He needs a goal and he had numerous opportunities but I'd be more worried if he wasn't getting those chances.

"He's a good player and once he starts scoring, he'll continue to do that.

"Cassidy gave our attack a lot in terms of holding the ball up and closing down and was awesome in the air giving us a lot to play off."