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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly Looks Ahead To Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg

The midfielder is looking forward to the visit to Meadow Lane...

17 May 2018

The Sky Blues head to Meadow Lane on Friday night for their second leg Play-Off semi-final against Notts County and Midfielder Liam Kelly is excited for the challenge.

Liam is looking forward to coming up against the Magpies following last week’s first leg which ended 1-1 at the Ricoh Arena, with Marc McNulty equalising late on.

The midfielder admitted him and his team mates are excited at the opportunity the tie brings and they are fully focused on getting the result they need.

He said: “It’s a great opportunity for the football club and for the players to play on a big stage and of course game will be televised on TV and obviously it’s a great chance to get to Wembley.

“So there’s a real sense of excitement between the players. It’s a young group, combined with a few experience faces and we’re just looking forward to the challenge and everyone is fully focused and committed to getting the result we need and take us to the final.

“Notts County are a direct team and they look to put balls on top of you and they’re good at what they do, but we have a fantastic defence.

“I think if you look at all of our four centre backs at this football club they’re very good players and hopefully the experience of me and Doyler will help to deal with that threat and we have more than enough to score goals at the other end.”

It is well documented the young talent City have amongst their ranks and those starting in the side, such as Jordan Shipley and Tom Bayliss.

Kelly believes the duo performed well in the first leg and coped with the occasion, and he is sure they will play their part in create chances going forward on Friday night.

“I thought the younger players coped really well in the first leg.

“I think if you look at the first half, players like Jordan Shipley and Tom Bayliss were fantastic and gave us that energy and their quality on the ball helped us to create a lot of chances in the first half and we’re looking for more of the same.

“Since the turn of the year we have scored a lot more goals and if we get those chances we have to take them.

“It’s an important game for us and we have goals up top with Sparky, who has been in fine form and i’m sure he will be looking to add to his tally.”

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