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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly talks return from injury and Swansea draw

The captain made his comeback...

17 December 2022


INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly talks return from injury and Swansea draw

The captain made his comeback...

17 December 2022

Liam Kelly made his return to action against Swansea City as he reflected on a disappointing afternoon for the Sky Blues.

City were three ahead heading into the final 20 minutes, but a late fightback from the Swans saw them snatch a point at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

In the game, the club captain came off the bench to mark his first appearance of the season after suffering an injury back in July.

Looking back at the game, Kelly told how he was pleased to be back, but was disappointed not to celebrating three points.


Reflecting on the game…

“It is a tough one to take.

“When we went three up, I thought we were fantastic and by far the better team. We played some fantastic football and scored some fantastic goals.

“However, unless you do the basics right of the game and make good decisions then the game can come back and bite you and that is what happened today.

“We made some wrong decisions and left the door open for them to come back into it and really the game should have been done and dusted at 3-0, but it’s a learning curve, this squad is a young one and they’ll learn from that.”


Looking back at City’s goals…

“Panzo scored a few during pre-season against Oxford I think, so it’s good and we’re looking dangerous from set pieces.

“Jamie Allen popping up with a goal from midfield was good as well and then Viktor is in fine form too and it was a fantastic worked goal and a great finish as well for his.

“I think it is a positive that we are scoring a lot of goals and that teams are now aware of us.”


Returning to action…

“It’s great to get my first competitive appearance of the season.

“I have worked really hard to get back here and it is nice to get minutes on the pitch, but the three points would have been even nicer.

“I will try and keep myself fit for as long as possible and keep myself fit and ready to play. It’s a tough one, over the course of a season there is always people on the bench coming back from injury and players who need match fitness.

“So it’s just the case of doing the right training, keep working hard and keeping our heads down.”


On the Swansea comeback…

“We executed the game plan really well, to get ourselves 3-0 up, it was just unfortunate what happened later on.

“Usually when you go three goals up, you expect to win the game and that is what we expected to do.

“That’s the danger when you assume the game is over, you stop looking after the ball and doing the right things at the right time and you leave the door open and let them come back in.

“It was all down to our own making and giving them confidence and allowing them to get back into the game.

“I think in the future we need to make sure we don’t let teams back in once we have our noses in front. In this league there is a lot of quality so you will get punished.”


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