Monday, 21 February 2011
BOSS BACKS PAYNTER
The summer signing from Swindon may still be searching for his first goal, but he has come agonisingly close to opening his account on more than one occasion and the boss is confident his goal will come.
Against Portsmouth at Christmas, he was denied when a goal-bound shot hit Davide Somma and on Saturday against Norwich he was denied by a fantastic save in the final moments by John Ruddy.
"Billy's a great lad," said the boss. "He has bags of enthusiasm.
"It was a great save which denied him on Saturday and it was one of those where it would probably have gone his way last season. Given what he did against us, he'd definitely have scored if it'd had been against us last season!
"His luck was probably summed up in training on Monday when he had an open goal and Snod blew for full time in the game!
"I'm sure that once he gets one the goals will fly in because he is a quality player. There's no pressure from us because we see how hard he works and we know he will get his rewards."
Like Billy and Davide Somma, Ross McCormack is another striker who is currently being named among the substitutes as Grayson enjoys a wealth of striking options.
"All the strikers have maybe been a bit unfortunate for different reasons," explained the boss.
"Billy had his injury when he came in and, like Ross McCormack, we were playing a 4-4-2, but our system has now changed.
"They both came in with big expectations from the fans, and they are both very, very good players who will score goals for us. I have no doubts about that, that's why I brought them in.
"They haven't been in the starting line-up and the team have done well, and it's great really when I turn to the bench and see Dave, Billy, Ross, and Lloyd Sam there. Sanchez Watt wasn't even on the bench on Saturday and he's another quality player.
"They are all players who can come into the team and do well."