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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly on AFC Wimbledon defeat

The Sky Blues are out of the Carabao Cup...

9 August 2023

Liam Kelly says the Sky Blues must be better at seeing games out after City fell to a 2-1 defeat away at AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup.

Mark Robins' side took the lead through Matty Godden before a late double from the hosts ensured we would exit the competition at the first hurdle.

Speaking after the defeat, captain Liam Kelly said that City have to be more ruthless in front of goal and must improve at seeing games out, after surendering two leads within a week.

On the defeat:

"When it comes down to it, it's the same as Sunday. We have to manage these games right.

"We can't just keep playing the game like that during the final stages. We need to be better together as a team to make sure we see these games through."

On the chances City had to win the game:

"We've got to be ruthless, and that will come, as there are good players in this team.

"We could have scored plenty and it obviously hurts, it hurts to lose any game. This is a knockout and it can happen. We need to learn from it and make sure it doesn't happen again."

On the new group and whether they are still gelling as a unit:

"It is going to take time as we've had a short pre-season. There are players who have come in late and they're still getting to know how we play.

"We need wins as that breeds confidence and we need to put things right."

"Football can be a funny game. We needed to be smarter in those last ten minutes, as a whole team.

"We need to make sure we're doing the right things in the right areas of the pitch.

"The balls fell to them (Wimbledon) and they ended up in the net. It didn't go our way and that's the way football goes.

"It is a very disappointing night for us."

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