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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly Gives Oxford Reaction

The captain gave his thoughts on the defeat to the U's...

24 March 2019

Sky Blues captain Liam Kelly was left feeling disappointed following City’s 1-0 defeat to Oxford United at the Ricoh Arena.

Curtis Nelson’s goal secured the win for the visitors in the second half as Mark Robins’ men drop to ninth in League One.

And the City captain believes that the squad didn’t play to the standard they have set in the previous two games.

He said: “I think coming in to this game on the back of a couple of decent results I think we set the standard for how we should be performing, and we didn’t manage that today.

“I think that we weren’t good enough on the day. We played as well as we could do, and all the players are bitterly disappointed with the result.

“We started the game very quick and we probably could have been a couple of goals up.

“We had some fantastic chances and I don’t know how Baka’s one hasn’t gone in the back of the net, but we couldn’t keep up that intensity for the 90 minutes.”

Despite the defeat, the Sky Blues are still just two points off the Playoff places and will be looking to get back on track when they travel to Barnsley next Saturday.

“Everyone is bitterly disappointed. We need to bounce back quickly because there is still a lot of points to play for between now and the end of the season and we need to have a real go to try and get in to that Playoff space.” He said.

“It is a very young group and we have some tough fixtures coming up, but I think in the tough fixtures so far this season we have been at our best, so we need to make sure we have a good week of training behind us, forget about this game, and move on.

“The young players in the squad are fantastic and some days it just doesn’t happen unfortunately, but we still had chances today and if the goals do go in it is a different game.

“We are disappointed, and we’ll be looking to put things right next week.

“I do think we tend to dominate the play at home, but we have to bounce back quickly because the games come thick and fast and there’s not many left between now and the end of the season.

“They were a very physical team today and sometimes these are the hardest games – teams that are fighting for their lives down the bottom of the league.

“They will do anything that they need to do to try and win the game and unfortunately we have come up short today.

“There is still 21 points to play for between now and the end of the season so there will still be a lot of twists and turns.”


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