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Boss Praises 'Super Professional' Kelly

8 December 2017

In the intensity of a 38 game season competing in the top flight there will always be periods of a season where the squad will be stretched, whether it is through injuries, suspensions or just due to a number of matches in a short space of time.

With the hectic period of fixtures coming up Roy Hodgson will be looking around his squad to see some who haven’t had the chance to play on a regular basis that he may call upon. An example of that is Martin Kelly, last weekend he was named in the starting eleven for only his second appearance of the season but Hodgson, who also managed the defender at Liverpool, didn’t have any hesitation as he is a perfect example of a player who has kept working behind the scenes waiting for his chance.

“He is not only a good player but also a super professional and a type that coaches dream of, someone who is not only good at his job but also never misses a day’s training and looking to do the very best he can do.

"I had no hesitation to put him in and it was no surprise to me that he played well and I am pleased for him because he had to wait his turn over a long period of time because we have strong contenders for the two central defensive positions and he is another one. It is good to know that we have that strength in depth and also good that Martin can play in other positions and as far as I am concerned he is the type of person who if we are going to get out of the trouble we found ourselves in then his contribution between now and the end of the season will be enormous."

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