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'When you cross the white line, friends become enemies' - Stephen Kelly relishing battle with Shane Long

'When you cross the white line, friends become enemies' - Stephen Kelly relishing battle with Shane Long

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The Fulham full back says that he knows all about Shane Long from their time together with the Boys in Green and he will use that knowledge to his team's advantage

Fulham defender Stephen Kelly says that he will be telling his team-mates all about the threat that is posed by West Brom striker Shane Long before the sides meet this Saturday, September 15.

The 29-year-old is well acquainted with Long from their time together in the Republic of Ireland international set-up and stressed that the striker can cause the Cottagers problems.

“I know him [Shane Long] well and know his game,” Kelly told the Fulham Chronicle. “I'll be telling our defenders all about him. He's in very good form and causes people problems with his pace and his aerial ability."

He continued: “He chases things down other centre-forwards would leave. The lads have been around long enough to know what to expect.

“[Shane Long] is a good friend and we've been together for a couple of weeks. It's always interesting when you play against [international team mates] straight away but when you cross the white line friends become enemies.”

Kelly, meanwhile, is hoping that he can break into the Fulham first team, saying that it was 'extremely disappointing' not to start the season as a first choice defender following the arrival of Sascha Riether.
 
"I'm champing at the bit to get a game and the chance to show what I can do," he said. "I felt on the back end of last season and how I did in pre-season I would've been given an opportunity as I felt it was my place to lose.

“That wasn't to be so all I can do is perform well in training and when I get my chance I've got to take it," added the defender.

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