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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly reacts to Saturday's goalless draw

City were held by Accrington...

2 November 2019


INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly reacts to Saturday's goalless draw

City were held by Accrington...

2 November 2019

After Saturday’s goalless draw against Accrington, captain Liam Kelly felt his side did enough in the game to earn all three points.

The Sky Blues finished the game with ten men after Max Biamou was dismissed in the second half and Kelly admitted it was a frustrating afternoon for his side.

He said: “Every player is frustrated because we have been very unfortunate in important points in the game.

“Some decisions didn’t go our way but saying that, we have played with ten men again and still created chances and looked dangerous but you have to be clinical and put those chances away.

“It is not just the front men, it’s all over the pitch where we are getting chances and we need to be more ruthless if we want to progress in the league.

“The whole team has worked hard and we are playing good football but sometimes you need that bit of luck to go your way and unfortunately, like last week, we had goals chalked off.”

Despite not taking all three points, City made it four games unbeaten and managed to pick up their first clean sheet at St Andrews for 5 games which pleased Kelly.

He said: “It is our fourth game unbeaten now and our first clean sheet for a while at home so that is pleasing for us.

“On the flip side of that, we have played with ten men too many times this season and we need to make sure the discipline side of things doesn’t get out of hand.”

Mark Robins stuck with his 3-5-2 formation from the Peterborough game for the visit of Accrington and Kelly felt that the new formation worked well throughout the game.

Kelly said: “With the personal it suits us because we have three attacking centre halves who want to go and win the ball.

“We won everything at the back today, in the air and on the ground, and that gives the team a great platform to go and build on.

“It adds an extra dimension to our game because teams started to understand how we were going to play, so we have switched it up and I think teams are finding it harder to play against us.

“If you can switch between the two it makes it incredibly hard for the opposition to deal with.”

City return to action on Tuesday as they face Southampton U21’s in the Trophy and Kelly feels it is a perfect opportunity for players to impress and to put Saturday’s result behind them.

He said: “We will move on quickly, and football moves on quickly, so you can’t dwell on those past decisions and we need to pick ourselves up and be ready for the next games.

“We have a good competitive squad which is going to be needed over the course of the season so everyone is going to play their part.

“Players who haven’t been getting game time are ready to slot in at any time when called upon.”

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