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Long's Warning

21 September 2012

Striker warns Baggies of threat

Shane Long has admitted it will be strange to line-up against the Royals this weekend, and has warned his colleagues that Brian McDermott's men will pose a stern test at the Hawthorns.

The Irish international was a popular figure at Madejski Stadium before his move to the Baggies, and believes his former club can still show the Premier League what they’re all about.

"It’s going to be strange playing against the shirt I played in for six years, but hopefully I’ll have the bragging rights come the end of the game, he told wba.co.uk.

“I know the Reading lads very well and they've been quite unlucky not have to more than one point from their opening three games.

“I was there for six years and I know that their main concentration is always on the next game.

“They’ve got players that can really hurt you and I think Jimmy Kebe might be back soon, while Garath McCleary has been brilliant since he was brought in. “They have Jobi McAnuff on the other wing, with Le Fondre and Pogrebnyak up front, so they have plenty of ways they can hurt you.”

The 25-year-old has also told the press that he will be respectful should he find the net on Saturday afternoon.

“I still have a lot of friends there at the club, not just the players but the manager, staff and higher up.

“I’ll still be doing my job, trying to get the winner and hopefully get West Brom the three points. It’s about business as usual. I won’t celebrate out of respect if I do score.”

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