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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly reflects on SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final penalty defeat

Sky Blues skipper reflects after Wembley defeat...

27 May 2023

Sky Blues captain Liam Kelly says there is a lot to be proud of despite defeat to Luton Town in the SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final.

The Sky Blues captain, once again, led his side out at Wembley with hopes of another victorious outcome.

City were narrowly defeated on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

After the game, Kelly told the local media:

On the game against Luton Town...

“The game has come down to the roll of the dice and a penalty shoot-out.

“We weren’t ourselves in the first half but we put in a good performance in the second half and if it was going to fall anyway, it was going to fall ours but it wasn’t to be and at times these things don’t happen."

On Fankaty Dabo...

“He’s very disappointed and you can see how much it hurt him, it would hurt anyone in this world.

“He’s a strong character and he’ll bounce back and I’m sure the team will make sure that will happen."

On the second-half fight back...

“They were getting the better of us and we didn’t look ourselves but half-time came around and we played the football we’d been playing all season in that second half.

“Had we managed to do that all game, it could’ve been a different story but it’s a cruel game sometimes.

“We got on top of them and were creating more and more and we got ourselves level.

“We felt like we were going to score again but it didn’t happen today."

On Gustavo Hamer's injury...

“It broke the momentum and if that didn’t happen we keep going and keep pushing.

“It’s disappointing for Gus to have to come off through injury."

On his final thoughts for the season...

“The manager said well done for the season, it’s come down to the roll of a dice.

“We need to take the performances through to next season now.

“It’s been a tough season and a tough few years, playing in Birmingham and all the other stuff, so what we’ve managed to do speaks volumes of the squad."

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