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INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly talks Middlesbrough and Play-Offs

The captain previews the upcoming clashes...

12 May 2023


INTERVIEW: Liam Kelly talks Middlesbrough and Play-Offs

The captain previews the upcoming clashes...

12 May 2023

Sky Blues captain Liam Kelly reflected on the journey he has been on, as City prepare to face Middlesbrough in the Championship Play-Offs.

The two sides will meet again this weekend at the Coventry Building Society Arena, for the first leg of the semi-finals.

This will be Liam’s second experience in the play-offs with the Sky Blues, having been part of the squad that navigate their way to victory in 2018.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Kelly looked back at that journey and looked ahead to the upcoming meetings with Boro…


Experiencing the play-offs before…

“We need to make sure we get our tactics right and we work hard as a team and get the crowd behind us and give it a really good go.

“We played Notts County at home first and got an equaliser late on in the game and went into the second leg being underdogs and we put in a fantastic performance on the day.

“We had a fantastic following there and then we went on to win the two legs 5-2 on aggregate.”


The challenge of the play-offs…

“Getting into the play-offs was an accomplishment in itself but we want to go one further now.

“It probably hasn’t sunk in yet, which might not be a bad thing because we’re just treating this as any other game.

“We know what’s at stake and we will give it everything we can, and we know the fans will be behind us all the way to try and go and make some history.”

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Going from League Two to the Premier League…

“It’s been an incredible journey in such a short amount of time.

“When I first signed for Coventry in League Two the aim was always to get promoted to League One, but I don’t think we would have thought all the way to the Premier League in five years.

“It’s been a fantastic journey and I’ve made some great friends along the way, but we haven’t finished this journey yet, we want to go one more.

“Few clubs have done it League One to the Premier League, but going from League Two to the Premier League would be a massive achievement.

“I’d be bursting with pride to lead this side in the play-offs, but we don’t want just the experience we want to come out victorious.”


Leading Coventry out in the play-offs…

“It would be good. Touch wood, we have a long way to go and some difficult games to navigate through.

“It’s been good for me playing in the last few games, I’ve enjoyed the pressure of it and the opportunity to play for something.

“It’s not been end of season games with nothing riding on it, they’ve been important games and I’ve always thought that brings the best out of myself and the players.”


The Sky Blue Army…

“The fans have been fantastic. When I’m in the area, the main thing is people are excited and they feel like the football club is getting back to where it was years ago.

“That’s where the club belongs and where they feel it belongs and we just want to do everything we can to put Coventry back on the map.”

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