Tony Mowbray said he hopes there will be more to come from on-loan striker Jay Simpson after the 20-year-old from Arsenal set West Bromwich Albion on their way to a convincing FA Cup win over Peterborough United with a stunning strike.
Simpson scored his first goal for the club with a curling shot from 25 yards and the Albion boss hopes Simpson will prove to be the answer to his side’s goalscoring problems.
“If Jay, with his quality and ability, can score goals like he did tonight then that will help us in the Premier League,” he said. “We look like the better team most times but then never look like scoring a goal so if Jay can stick a few of them in from 25 yards then maybe that will go hand in hand with our ability to beat teams. I hope there is more to come from Jay. I think our team needs help in the goal-scoring department.
“We need creativity because we can control games and yet if you can’t stick the ball in the net you are not going to win.
“As we saw against Villa, if you are playing against a counter-attacking team you will lose, despite having so much of the ball. We need people to stick the ball in the net and let’s hope Jay can do that for us.”
nJay Rodriguez raced through to score the winner in the final minute of extra time and book Burnley’s place in the fourth round. A dire first half was followed by two goals in the second. Samuel di Carmine curled one home for the visitors but Steven Thompson’s thumping close-range reply meant extra time was needed.