Zat Knight backs David Ngog to hit Bolton goal trail


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Defender Zat Knight is confident from what he has seen in training that striker David Ngog will soon come good for Bolton.

Ngog has struggled to make an impression since joining Wanderers from Liverpool in the summer, getting on the scoresheet only once so far for his new club.

The Trotters, who go into tonight's clash at Everton bottom of the Barclays Premier League and having scored just five times times in their last eight games, could certainly do with the Frenchman finding some form in front of goal.

And having come up against Ngog day in, day out at Euxton, Knight is convinced it is something that will happen before long.

"I see the strikers every day in training," Knight told

"They will get us goals because they are quality players.

"David has come in and has all the attributes to be a top-class striker for us.

"He's quick, strong and has great technique. Hopefully once he gets one then the goals will start flowing for him because he has looked sharp on the training ground."

Centre-back Knight could find himself having to deal with Everton's Louis Saha this evening - another striker he is familiar with, having played alongside him at Fulham.

"I know Louis very well," Knight said.

"He's a dangerous player and hopefully I can help keep him quiet.

"He was great for us at Fulham. It was at a time when we were establishing ourselves in the Premier League and for him to come in and score so many goals was phenomenal.

"He was a revelation and it was no surprise when Manchester United came in for him.

"Since then he's had one or two injuries and things maybe haven't gone as he would have hoped, but there's no doubting that on his day he is the complete striker.

"Everton also have a number of other dangerous players so we know we'll have to be at our best. We need to go back to basics and make it a real dogfight of a game."

Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is a major injury doubt for tonight's game after picking up a thigh problem in the 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday, and will be replaced by Adam Bogdan in the starting line-up if he fails to recover in time.

Midfielder Darren Pratley missed the New Year's Eve contest due to illness but is available again, while manager Owen Coyle said yesterday that defender Gary Cahill - who skippered the Trotters against Wolves despite a fee for him having been agreed with Chelsea - was "absolutely" a part of his plans for Everton trip as things stood.