06:30 Friday 03 January 2014

Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane warns of ex-flatmate, Burton Albion's Billy Kee

Written byNEIL PERRETT

FA CUP talisman Eunan O’Kane is urging Bournemouth to be wary of the threat of his close pal and one-time flat-mate Billy Kee.

Kee played alongside O’Kane at Torquay United and for Northern Ireland at Under-19 and Under-21 level.

And O’Kane, who scored twice for the Cherries in the FA Cup last season, said: “I know Billy and Adam McGurk and they are both in good form at the moment. Burton are a decent team and have certainly got goals in them.

“I am sure they will come here looking to get a win and I don’t think they will be scared of us in any way due to their current run of form. It should be a good game.”

O’Kane, who switched allegiances to the Republic of Ireland after playing for Northern Ireland, and said: “I have known Billy since I was 17.

“We played together with Northern Ireland and then shared a flat when we were at Torquay.

“We meet up quite often and he is one of my best friends in football. He got married on Christmas Eve but I couldn’t attend because of our game on Boxing Day. If I play tomorrow, hopefully he won’t kick me for not going!

“He was born in England and is eligible for Northern Ireland through his grandmother so I call him a plastic Paddy, which he is not too fond of. But he has started giving it back to me ever since I played for the Republic!

“I haven’t really spoken to him about the game yet but will probably meet him at their team hotel for a coffee. It will be strictly business before the game and we will have a bit of banter afterwards.”

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