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Thursday 26 April 2018

Reid: Long can kick on with Brom

West Bromwich Albion's Shane Long. Picture credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
West Bromwich Albion's Shane Long. Picture credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

STEVEN REID hopes that the goals will now flow for his West Brom team-mate Shane Long after the Tipperary man notched his first of the season against Chelsea last weekend.

Long had endured a long spell without a goal for the Baggies, going back to last May, but he ended that drought with a fine headed goal at Stamford Bridge in a 2-2 draw.

"Shane has shown the desire he goes out with every weekend," said Reid.

"In every game he goes out with that desire and he's got a great spring to leap and attack it like he did.

"He deserved it because he was a real nuisance all afternoon for Cahill and Terry and hopefully that will give him the confidence to have a good season now he's off the mark."

SUTHERLAND'S INJURY BLOW

IRELAND U21 cap Frankie Sutherland is facing up to six months on the sidelines after he suffered a knee injury while on duty for Leyton Orient.

Sutherland (19) is back at QPR after his loan spell at Orient was ended when he was injured in the first half of last Saturday's FA Cup tie, and afterwards it was confirmed that the Irish prospect had torn his anterior cruciate ligament, ending his season.

Orient manager Russell Slade said: "Myself, the staff and the players are all devastated at the news.

"In the short time he was here, Frankie gave a great example of how a young pro should carry themselves with his dedication and commitment to the cause.

"Everybody was wishing him to do well on his debut and he started so brightly. Frankie is made of the right stuff and has a great attitude. I'm sure he will bounce back fitter and stronger than ever."

QPR coach Mark Bircham said: "It's a set-back for Frankie who is one of our brightest young hopes. Hopefully he can return from this fitter and stronger than ever. He's only 19 so he's young enough to do that.

"We have got a good medical team here and they will help him through. One thing Frankie won't be lacking in his recovery is determination because he is a dedicated lad who loves his football. He's got a good family around him who will support him, and we are all here to support him as well."

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