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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly Looks Back On Walsall Clash

Kelly captained the side at the Banks's...

9 December 2018

Sky Blues midfielder Liam Kelly has praised his side for their efforts away against Walsall and believes City should’ve been at least 3-0 up before a dramatic injury time period.

Coventry dominated spells of the game and were leading 1-0 after Luke Thomas’ first-half strike, however a last-minute header and then a 95th minute controversial penalty saw Coventry leave the empty handed.

Having captained the side in Michael Doyle's absence, Kelly said it was an extremely tough result to take after being in the lead with minutes remaining.

He added: ‘’ We played well in the first-half, we didn’t actually get going too well in the second, but we thought we’d seen the game out.

"We played good football moving the ball around, we were in control creating good opportunities even in second half when we didn’t get going too well.

‘’We had enough chances today where we should’ve seen the game go out of sight, we had about two or three one on ones and if we took them the game is finished, but we didn’t and came back to bite us.’’

The midfielder admitted his side should’ve seen out the game, but big decisions cost the Sky Blues at least a point.

He said: ‘’Mistakes in the game costed us points, but beyond that we conceded penalty which was never a penalty and that makes it even tougher to take.

"We must learn it isn’t over until its over and we need to see games like that out.

‘’It’s definitely not a penalty, the same challenges go in all over the pitch and nothing ever gets given, but the referee obviously thought he has to give something.

"I’m not sure if it was the pressure of the home fans. But either way we shouldn’t be coming here one nil up in the 90th minute and coming away losing the game.

The support was fantastic again, the away end was brilliant throughout, I feel for the fans, players and all the staff, we came here for a win.’’

Kelly who hasn’t seen too much playing time this season due to minor injuries at the start of the campaign and said was pleased himself that he managed to get a full game under his belt.

He said: ‘’It was nice to be back, I’ve only had a couple of league starts this season, I’ve really missed playing football, so it was great to be back out there and back playing again.

"It’s been different to last season because I came into this one had a couple of niggling injuries, but I’ve been waiting for my opportunity to get back in there, I love playing football so its where I want to be.’’

Leading the side, Kelly was hopeful of taking all three points, but insists it’s now all about looking ahead to the next game.

He added: ‘’The game moves on quickly and it really does, we can’t dwell on this now, we have to move on quickly and make sure the next time a game comes it’s out of your mind and completely focused on the next match.

We were a fairly young team that moved the ball around well and in 90 minutes should’ve been about 3-0 up, but it’s a learning curve for the team against an experienced Walsall side that have came back and beat us, but you’ve got to learn from your mistakes and that’s what we’ll be doing.’’


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