Burley praise for strikers
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
George Burley was pleased with his strikers, but Mick McCarthy rued the lack of chances.
George Burley admits Southampton strikers Kenwyne Jones and Bradley Wright-Phillips are making a case not to be dropped.
In the absence of top scorer Grzegorz Rasiak, the duo started against Wolves on Wednesday and responded with a goal apiece in a 2-0 home win.
Saints boss Burley was delighted with the youngsters and concedes it could be difficult to leave Jones and Wright-Phillips out of the team.
"They are both young lads and if they continue to play like that it will be hard to drop them," said Burley.
"Bradley started the season ever so well, but his confidence has dipped in the last few weeks and we've worked hard in getting back and he showed at 21 he has great potential.
"Kenwyne is 22 and is in only his third year as a professional. He may be not a crowd favourite, but he is starting to win them over.
"It was a great finish and we all know he is capable of that, it is just a confidence thing, but it's slowly coming back for Kenwyne and we hope it continues."
Wolves remain seventh in The Championship after the defeat and Mick McCarthy bemoaned the lack of chances his side created.
McCarthy said: "That was the first game all season where we haven't created anything.
"We kept trying to pass the ball through the middle rather than get it out wide and credit to them they had a back four that seemed to want the game more than we did.
"We came back into it after a poor start, but once we went two goals down we seemed to have no chance.
"The game was going nowhere until we had a throw-in and then suddenly the ball was in the back of our net which just isn't acceptable.
"But we'll persevere and if you look at the two squads you would expect Southampton to be in a better place than us."