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Just the job for Steo

Posted on 26 February 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Stephen Kelly reveals it hasn't quite sunk in yet that his job description is 'Premiership Footballer'.

The athletic defender has started our last five games from the right full-back position, having really put his marker down at the end of last season when he featured in the final five in place of the suspended Stephen Carr.

His hopes of sustaining that early progress this campaign were hampered by injuries, but he is now beginning to put a run of games together and should soon start to feel what his job title suggests.

"Not yet - a few more games and I think I will," laughed the Republic of Ireland under-21 international captain.

"I'm delighted, I've started the last four or five games and it's been fantastic for me. I'm getting more confident and feel I'm getting better with every game which is great.

"Every game that comes is so different - FA Cup, Premier League - it is just a matter of learning things in each game and taking it on to the next one.

Stephen points to the attacking side of his game as one area to work on, particularly the delivery of his final ball at the end of his offensive sorties.

"I think getting into areas and putting the ball into the box a little bit earlier. That is something I can try and improve on, but there is room for improvement in every aspect of your game. I will keep working hard in training and try to better myself.

"You must get there and then put the right ball across. It is great having Simon Davies there, he is so good at making overlaps and he gives you the ball a lot. We are working well together, which is good news."

Despite his increased Premiership profile, 'Steo' reports this has not been a life changing experience off the pitch and says things are pretty much the same.

"Not really, things haven't changed for me that much. I am getting more games and maybe people do recognise me a bit more, but nothing has changed at home and it is still the same."

The next challenge for the 21-year-old is the prospect of Fulham at home on Saturday, a team we have lost four out of the last five games against in the last two and a half seasons, after three straight wins in 2001-02.

The last defeat back in October, a 2-0 reverse, was particularly disappointing as we were riding high in the league at the time and anticipated some reward against a then out of sorts Fulham.

"I wasn't there!" added Stephen with a laugh. "They have picked up some form and are getting results. Fulham are always a difficult team to play against, but we need to win a London derby and this is the next one for us to go for.

"They do pass the ball well and are hard to play, but it is a matter of us applying ourselves and getting the right result."