McCarthy backing Ebanks-Blake

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Mick McCarthy believes Sylvan Ebanks-Blake can be successful in the Premier League after breaking his duck against Aston Villa.

The striker proved to be a lethal finisher in the Championship and his performances helped Wolves win promotion to the top flight.

He has found it difficult to adjust to the demands of playing at the highest level, while his progress has also been hampered by injury.

However, Ebanks-Blake held his nerve to score from the penalty spot in Saturday's Midlands derby and earn Wolves a vital point.

McCarthy now expects the 23-year-old to go from strength to strength and net plenty more goals this season.

"Sylvan has been desperate to get his first goal," said the Wolves manager.

"We all believe he can play in the Premier League and score goals in it.

"Don't anyone underestimate the taking of that penalty in that atmosphere. He has still got to score it and it was a fairly emphatic finish."