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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly Wants Sky Blues to be Ruthless

City will move within two points of Paul Lambert's side with a victory...

6 December 2019

Liam Kelly wants the Sky Blues to be “ruthless” when they host Ipswich Town in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.

City played the Tractor Boys in the Emirates FA Cup last Sunday securing a last-gasp draw courtesy of Callum O’Hare’s injury-time equaliser.

The two sides will meet again in their FA Cup replay this Tuesday night and Kelly joked they will be sick of the sight of each other with this the third instalment of the fixture in just nine days.

Kelly said: “We just need to be ruthless. They’re a good team and play good football but saying that they had one attempt on target which was the goal.

“We had quite a few opportunities and chances and if we can be that bit more ruthless and get the goals, it puts us in a good position to get the win tomorrow.

“If we win, we go within two points of them, so Ipswich are a very good team, they have a very strong squad but we take confidence from the fact we put them under a lot of sustained pressure in the second half on Sunday and we’re looking to build on that and try and get a few more goals.

“I think we’ll be sick of the sight of each other! These are big games, it’s a big game this weekend and then a chance to get ourselves into the third round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night.”

The midfielder insists that the Sky Blues learnt a lot about their opponents from Sunday’s game and hopes they have a psychological edge having score so late on in their last meeting.

“We were knocking on the door for so long, we were unlucky, the keeper’s pulled off some fantastic saves, there was even some good opportunities in the first half.

“It was nice to score the goal to earn the replay and hopefully give us a bit of a psychological edge for the game on Saturday.

“We learnt a lot of things from that match, you get some familiarity with the players you’re playing against and we know what their strengths and weaknesses. By the time Tuesday night comes, we’re going to know a lot about each other.”

He also believes that the number of chances the Sky Blues have created this season is a positive but that they need to be more ruthless in front of goal to have a successful season and ultimately achieve promotion.

“The good thing is we keep making the chances. The more chances we create, the more opportunity we have to score.

“I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating opportunities. We’re looking at chipping in from set-pieces, from midfield and from the strikers, we want to get more goals.

“That’s what’s going to be the telling factor if we want to have a successful season and push for those promotion spots.

“We’ve had so many draws this season we need to start picking up more wins.”


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