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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly Reflects On Blackpool

The midfielder looks back on defeat at the Ricoh...

27 January 2019

Coventry City fell to defeat at home to Blackpool and Liam Kelly believes the result was unfair for the Sky Blues and that they deserved more from the game.

After a dominant first half in which City failed to capitalise, the visitors scored two goals in quick succession early into the second half, and Kelly believes the game should’ve been settled before the interval.

He said: ‘’It was an extremely difficult result to take today, games are won in boxes and we haven’t been good enough in both boxes, although we controlled a lot of the game, got ourselves into good areas, but it just seems to be a repeat of last week, the week before that.

‘’I’m sure if we walk in at half-time 2-0 up then no one will have any complaints, we dominated, they didn’t have a shot against us, but it comes down to being better in both boxes really.

"We just can’t seem to get the ball in the back of the net at the minute and we’re not doing the right things in our own box’’.

Kelly is confident the Sky Blues’ recent results are ones which his side could’ve taken more points from after creating positive chances during the last few games.

He believes once the finishing in front of goal improves, it’ll just be minor tweaks after that, but is still disappointed how the results haven’t favoured City.

He said: ‘’We’re massively disappointed to concede the goals that we did, they’re two simple goals, ones a straight forward set piece and the others a long ball which weren’t defended properly. We work hard to get our chances, but we just can’t give away simple goals like we did because the wins just won’t come.

‘’We just will keep doing what we’re doing, I’ve been in teams before where you keep playing well, but you can’t create any chances.

"At least with us we are creating the chances, plenty of them, but we just can’t seem to stick them away at the minute, but I’m sure once that changes the result’s will definitely improve, but like I said we could’ve easily walked in at half-time two or three goals up and I don’t think anyone can complain about that’’.

The hosts created numerous chances throughout the game with Conor Chaplin and Jordy Hiwula coming closest, but on top of the misses Kelly believes the day just didn’t favour City after they were denied what he believed was a clear penalty.

Kelly said: ‘’I think we should’ve had a penalty, but when things don’t go your way they just don’t. Just look at their free-kick, it’s never even a free-kick, Zain has clearly won the ball and up the other end we’re through on goal and it’s an obvious penalty, but things just didn’t go our way’’.

The midfielder also states that with it being the transfer window a new signing and continuing the positive style of play could be what drives the team to achieve the right results.

He added: ‘’The positive is when we are controlling games, we are creating chances, we’re getting the ball in dangerous areas, just not good enough at being clinical and that’s disappointing at the minute.

"A new face in the squad can strengthen any department we would take any help we can get, anything to get the results back on track.

‘’We’ve got a young, confident group of players who won’t lose belief, we’ll get prepared again and go again next week and hopefully we’ll get a result we deserve’’.

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