St. Mary's Stadium

Next Game

Southampton v West Brom

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The Hawthorns

Last Game

West Brom 2 - 2 S'land

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Long road to success at Albion

Shane Long admits he must perform to his peak every week in order to stay in the West Brom starting line-up under manager Steve Clarke.

Last Updated: 27/11/12 at 18:39 Post Comment

Shane Long is being kept on his toes at West Brom

Shane Long is being kept on his toes at West Brom

The Baggies are flying after a wonderful start to the Premier League season, which has seen them rise to third in the table after eight victories from their opening 13 matches.

Albion have recorded successes against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea and the Republic of Ireland star believes preparation is key to the club's solid start.

"Technically we're well prepared for the games," said Long.

"We train all week long, all the sessions are brilliant and we learn every week.

"We have four or five sessions in the week where we're prepared for the team we're playing against and it shows on a Saturday.

"It's good for him (Clarke) we're doing so well because it shows how good a manager he is."

With Romelu Lukaku pressurising Long for a spot in the 4-2-3-1 formation, the former Reading star insists he is doing all he can to keep the 19-year-old out of the side with seven goals already to his name in all competitions.

"I need to make sure I'm right for every game on and off the pitch," admitted Long.

"We have a lot of competition like Lukaku, who is only 19 but his attitude to the game is very good and he's a gifted footballer.

"He's trying to start every game and I'm trying my best to keep him out.

"The manager knows what system will win games. He's not afraid to change it if necessary, like he did when we played two up front against Wigan and won that game.

"But at the same time he's not afraid to share the load as well. He keeps me on my toes. I know I have to perform at my best every week."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

his is brilliant! All these years of moral ambiguity, grey areas of offence and context..now we have a simple, easy to follow guide to right and wrong. What did you do today? I kicked the face off a panda . Oh well, you didn't rape, kill anyone or abuse a minor, knock yourself champ.

megabrow (cufc)
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

I

wonder if he'd feel the same way if he wasn't a white, non-jewish heterosexual male. Because Mackay has basically insulted everyone else!

Jay_D
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

C

heers Harry. I was wondering if he'd murdered anyone

Ezy_Rider
Redknapp leaps to Mackay defence

Footer 365

Transfer news: No good behaviour clause in Mario Balotelli's Liverpool contract, says agent

Mario Balotelli will join Liverpool next week, but won't have a good behaviour clause in his contract, his agent says.

Premier League: Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is determined to keep Asmir Begovic

Stoke boss Mark Hughes says that Asmir Begovic will not be leaving the club during this summer’s transfer window.

Fresh Mackay claims emerge

Malky Mackay faces further accusations of racism after appearing on Sky Sports News on Friday to apologise for his conduct.

Mail Box

More Fan Mail For Football365...

'Just p*ss off with your righteous indignation will you. W*nkers.' There's a lot of anger going around for what should have been a sleepy Friday afternoon at F365 Towers...

Man United: One Game To Save Season

They have one match to convince decent players that they are worth joining - over to you, Louis. We also have mails on Malky Mackay, Mario Balotelli and Tim...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property