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Silva Backs Hernandez To Rediscover Scoring Touch


22:30 17th March 2017

Marco Silva has backed Abel Hernández to rediscover the scoring touch.

The Uruguayan international made an impressive start to life under Silva, netting in the Tigers Head Coach’s first game - a 2-0 FA Cup Third Round victory over Swansea City in early January - before grabbing a brace in the 3-1 Premier League win against AFC Bournemouth the same month.

Although the 26-year-old has now gone a frustrating eight games without a goal, his contribution to last weekend’s 2-1 win over Swansea was there for all to see as he linked up brilliantly with Oumar Niasse to create the Tigers’ opening goal at the KCOM Stadium, and Silva remains confident that Hernández will come good in front of goal.

“Yes, this is what I expect to happen and what I am confident will happen because Abel is a goalscorer.

“Of course, when strikers are in good moments and amongst the goals, it seems easier for them to score. But you cannot ignore the hard work he puts in for the team.

“Although scoring goals is important for any striker, it is not their only role in the team.

“Of course, they feel more comfortable and happier when they are scoring goals, along with having more confidence, but sometimes they need to do other work like what Abel did against Swansea City.

“He did very, very good work up front for us in the previous game. He helped the team and combined very well with Niasse when he came off the bench in the second half. That is important as well.

“I told him in the dressing room after the game that although he didn’t score, the work he did was very important to the team and he contributed massively to the win.

“His confidence is still high and I want him to show that at Goodison Park on Saturday.

“He is a very good player, and one that is very important us. We need him in a good place, playing with confidence.

“The team will only benefit from that and I see no reason why he won’t play with confidence this weekend.”

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