Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By MATT BUT­LER

FUL­HAM de­fender Stephen Kelly claims new boy Pavel Po­greb­nyak can fill the void left by Bobby Zamora.

And af­ter the Rus­sian a bat­tle against Stoke last week with a goal, Kelly reck­ons he will now be able to han­dle any­thing the Premier League throws at him.


Zamora left on dead­line day to bit­ter ri­vals QPR and fans were fum­ing at boss Martin Jol’s fail­ure to land a proven goalscorer as his re­place­ment.

In­stead he plumped for un­known Rus­sian Po­greb­nyak, who is on loan from Stuttgart.

But Po­greb­nyak scored on his de­but to help Ful­ham to vic­tory over the Pot­ters and Kelly said: “If he con­tin­ues like that, I’m sure he’ll be fan­tas­tic for us.

“He made the im­pact we wanted. In the cou­ple of days train­ing we had with him, you could see he was the type of striker that will keep the ball well and wants to score goals.

“He’s strong, he’s a big boy and he’s ex­actly what we need to link up play and it’s prob­a­bly what we were lack­ing in the last cou­ple of games.

“It was a bap­tism of fire for him. There are not go­ing to be more fe­ro­cious teams try­ing to head the ball and come through the back of him than Stoke, so to prove he was able to with­stand that was a good sign.”

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