Ebanks-Blake eager to make amends

Ebanks-Blake managed only two goals last season and had a bit part

role after Kevin Doyle was used as the only forward in a 4-5-1

formation. But he has equalled that tally already after netting

against Everton and Newcastle in successive matches. Ebanks-Blake

said: “I suppose it’s fair to say that I’m trying to resurrect

myself personally although I was proud to be a member of a squad

that did brilliantly last season. “People have said to me that I

look a lot leaner and meaner this year. “I missed a lot of football

and I am a lot hungrier and I want to be more involved and

contribute more. “It’s all about trying to turn things around for

myself and making sure that I play my part for the team.”

Ebanks-Blake added: “I want to stay as fit as I can and play as

many games as I can and see where that gets me. “This time last

season I was just getting into six weeks of being out injured and

all that comes with it. “You quickly lose your sharpness when you

can’t train so it was a difficult start for me and it became harder

and harder to build up any momentum. “But I’m fit at the moment, I

feel good within myself and hopefully it will stay that way.”

Ebanks-Blake admitted: “I can’t say what happened last year didn’t

affect me because it did. “I didn’t have any sleepless nights or

anything like that but you do tend to try a little bit too hard to

make things right. “When the goals dry up, you try harder to score

and ultimately it makes it even more difficult. “But I think to try

harder is just normal. It’s part and parcel of being a human being.

“But I’ve put last season behind me now.”