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Damien Johnson is confident that Dwight Yorke can supply the goals for Birmingham in Mikael Forssell's long-term injury absence.


Yorke, a deadline day signing from Blackburn, has scored in both home appearances for the Blues to date.

Johnson said: "There's no doubt if you supply him with the chances then Dwight will score the goals.

"He has got a proven record but after losing Mikael it's important we share the goalscoring load around."

Forssell is expected to miss most of the season with a knee injury, a blow for City for whom the on-loan Chelsea striker scored 17 Premiership goals last season.

Yorke was expected to sign for Celtic following his bust-up with the then Blackburn boss Graeme Souness but Blues manager Steve Bruce swooped to capture the Trinidad and Tobago striker for £250,000 minutes before the deadline.

While Johnson has confidence in Yorke, he also called on his team-mates to take some of the pressure off the strikers.

The Northern Ireland international stated: "Dwight has done very well and his overall game is pretty good as well.

"We've got good strikers here and if you give them the chances they will score goals so hopefully that won't be a problem.

"But I don't think it's fair just to ask the strikers to score. It's up to the rest of the team to chip in with goals as well."