Kelly ready for Dnipro test

The Cottagers travelled to Ukraine for the second-leg clash on the

back of last week’s 3-0 victory, which came courtesy of a Clint

Dempsey brace and an Aaron Hughes effort. Kelly impressed in the

first leg at Craven Cottage and, should he feature again, is

expecting a barrage of attacks from Dnipro. “It’s going to be

difficult, but if we get a goal over there, then hopefully that

would be the tie over,” he told the Ealing Gazette. “I think they

gave us a little bit of respect with a man in front of the back

four instead of behind a main striker in the first leg and I think

we took full advantage of that. “They’ve got it all to do in the

second leg so we can imagine them going for it. “I can’t imagine

them having a player sitting in front of the back four this time

and it will be a totally different game. They have to come at us

from the start. “But I think the way we played in the first leg,

they will be wary of us on the counter-attack and that’s going to

be in the back of their minds.” Despite last week’s 3-0 defeat,

Dnipro impressed in patches and were unfortunate not to find an

elusive away goal. “They are a very good side,” Kelly added. “Hands

down the best that we’ve faced in this year’s competition. “They

are a tricky side, similar to Shakhtar [Donetsk] last year. “We

nullified them early on by getting tight to them and imposed our

own game on them and will try to do the same over there.” While

Fulham’s progress to the Europa League group stages looks all but

certain, pressure is mounting on Dnipro manager Juande Ramos for

his side to impress. The Spaniard – who controversially replaced

current Fulham boss Martin Jol as Tottenham manager four years ago

– came under close scrutiny from the assembled Ukrainian press

after last week’s defeat. Dnipro have been in indifferent form of

late and the former Sevilla coach has come under increasing

pressure. Ramos has denied he fears the sack and has vowed to

bounce back from last week’s disappointment. “It is clear that

after the result in the first match that we are not the

favourites,” he said today. “At the same time, I’ll tell the

players before the game ‘you do not need to think that we have to

score four goals’. “We need to go out and score the first goal. If

that happens, everything can change internally and you can start

playing better. “Then we must try to score the second goal and then

the third. “There is no need to convince the players. “We must try

to score as much as possible during the match.”