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Kelly: “We didn’t let heads drop”

Midfielder on battling back for a point

15 April 2018

The Royals led against Sunderland… but then trailed. So in the end, to come from behind to take a point wasn’t the worst of outcomes – in particular in the battling manner that it came.

Liam Kelly’s spot-kick – earned after Jón Daði Böðvarsson read a goalkeeping spillage to earn a penalty – set Reading on their way… but Paddy McNair’s thunderbolt and Lee Cattermole’s glancing header turned the game on its head.

Kelly felt that Yann Kermorgant’s leveller late on was just rewards for sticking to task when the chips were down – even if the game did end in frantic manner!

“The way we played wasn’t at our best,” Kelly said.  “So looking at the whole game, there’s probably relief at getting a point more than anything.

“We should have scored before the penalty – but Jón Daði did well to get on the rebound and the goalkeeper got a touch on him.

“It was a great strike from McNair to get back into it – after that we needed to get our heads up and keep going again, and not let it affect us too much.

“And the same goes when we went behind.  If you let it affect you, that’s when you start conceding three or four.  But we didn’t let heads drop, and we managed to get back into it.

“There some relief when we got back into it with Yann’s goal… and after that, it was end-to-end, like a computer game!  For the fans it might have been a great watch, but for us it was nervous!”

Kelly reserved praise for the Royals support at Madejski Stadium – once again, another good atmosphere at our patch to help us earn a share of the points.

“The fans have been excellent, especially since the new manager has come in,” he continued.  “They’ve given us that extra 10%. 

“We’re going to need them until the end of the season – that includes one final big home game, where we’ll really need them.”

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