SPIREITES: Saunders backs ‘SEB’ to continue scoring streak

Sylvain Ebanks-Blake celebrates his goal against Oldham on Saturday. Photo by James Williamson
Sylvain Ebanks-Blake celebrates his goal against Oldham on Saturday. Photo by James Williamson

Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders believes Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s confidence is sky high as he looks to continue his fine run of form at Port Vale this weekend.

Ebanks-Blake has hit five goals in the last five league games, his best strike rate since going on a similar run for Wolves in 2012/13.

And Saunders, a former striker himself, knows just how Ebanks-Blake will be feeling going into each game.

“It’s about belief and momentum. He’ll be expecting everything to come his way - every ball to reach him, every mistake to go his way and every shot to go in,” he said.

“That belief gives you a yard. Sometimes when you go seven or eight games without a goal you can lose a yard because you’re playing with hope rather thanexpectation and the confidence isn’t there.

“He’s a bit like Jamie Vardy at Leicester who’s scored nine in nine in that he scores in patches. That’s how it tends to go for him.”

Saunders believes his squad as a whole is gelling together much better now it has become more settled.

He added: “Obviously we had Richard Wood come in and the back line had to adjust again to a new body but I’m building a team here and it takes time.

“You have to take a few blows to the chin and we have done. You get them together on the training pitch and get that understanding and make sure everyone is on the same wavelength.

“I’m always looking for new faces that can improve us but the big challenge could come in January when I don’t want to lose anybody.

“We’re bound to have clubs sniffing around our players and I’ll have to fend them off. We had that in the summer and it was difficult and we lost lots of good players.

“We can’t pay out transfer fees to replace them so it’s a case of just trying to get the best players in we can and make the team more solid as we have done, and make sure we’re not losing too many games.”