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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly Preston Reaction

Captain Liam Kelly reflects on defeat at Deepdale...

21 October 2021

Captain Liam Kelly expressed his disappointment at returning from Deepdale with a defeat last night, but emphasised the chance to put things right on Saturday.

Tyler Walker’s 45th minute goal gave the Sky Blues the lead, however a second-half resurgence from the home side saw the three points stay in Preston.

“We just weren’t good enough, especially in the second half after managing to put ourselves in a good position,” Kelly highlighted.

“I think it wasn’t a bad performance in the first half; I thought that we created a good amount of chances, some of the deliveries into the box were fantastic and it was a good time to score but they came out second half strong and we just couldn’t weather that storm, I think.

“The two goals which we conceded were disappointing, both coming from set pieces, but the league moves on quickly. Saturday is another game, another chance to get three points and to continue our home record as well.

“I think if we had got a win tonight we would’ve been even higher up the table, that’s where we’re looking to be at, and we’re looking to try and stay there this season. It’s not just a good start, we want to make it a good season.

“The standards have been set very high, and we’ve got to keep performing and keep working hard to keep at the top end of the table.”

Having returned to action in the Sky Blues’ 4-1 win against Fulham at the start of the month, Kelly also mentioned his delight to be back in the team, with an effort from the captain also forcing the own goal to bring City back onto level terms against Blackburn last Saturday.

“I feel good, I feel sharp and it’s nice to come back and play three games back-to-back. Hopefully I’ll just keep fighting for my place and try to play as many games as possible this season, and hope to contribute to a good season.

“It was nice to get that, sometimes you need a little bit of luck on your side, and obviously we got it off the back of the post.

"It was fantastic away support, to give them a fighting comeback, but it was disappointing tonight because they turned up in their numbers again for a long away trip on a Tuesday night and we’d like to thank them for coming. It’s disappointing that we couldn’t give them the result which they wanted.”

Next up for Liam Kelly is the visit of Derby County to The Coventry Building Society Arena for more SkyBet Championship action on Saturday.

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