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Kelly: "We're building"

16 April 2013

Full back comfortable on either side

Royals defender Stephen Kelly was delighted to be part of the back four that kept a clean sheet at home to Liverpool last Saturday, and believes that the side are getting better in each game under Nigel Adkins.

The full back was buoyed by Reading's point against the Europa League hopefuls, and feels that the work put in on the training ground is now being illustrated on the pitch.

"It was nice to get a clean sheet - Alex was obviously fantastic," said Kelly. "Every game since the manager has come in we've got better and we've been working really hard. It's good positive building - gradually we've been getting better and fitter and imposing ourselves on the games.

"They had a lot of possession and a good few chances but I think that point was coming for us. Overall, it was a very good team effort - to keep them to 0-0 here is great and delighted to get a clean sheet as a defender.

"I felt that it could have been our day as Liverpool didn't take their chances, so it was there for us to nick it but it wasn't to be. But a clean sheet is fantastic and it's something to build on.

"In the last couple of weeks we've been gradually building on little things and working on things in training. You can see it's been implemented on the pitch and that we've building on it."

Right-footed Kelly played at left back for the second successive weekend, and says he feels felt a lot more comfortable this time around - ahead of Saturday's trip to Norwich.

"Last week was the first time I've played there in a while - I've played there before. It took me a while to get into my rhythm against Liverpool I felt a lot better and more comfortable on the ball.

"I think we can go there (to Norwich) and get a result. We're looking to build on this result, hopefully go to Norwich and keep another clean sheet - and if we can get a clean sheet and if we can get a win it would be amazing.

"Hopefully we can build on it and come to the last five games, you never know. Mathematically it's still possible, so why not!"

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