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Posted Friday, March 22nd 2019

It was a great experience – Kelly

Lloyd Kelly has heaped huge praise on the supporters who packed out Ashton Gate for England Under-21s’ friendly with Poland. 

The Young Lions hosted Czesław Michniewicz's side in BS3 on Thursday evening, for the first time since 2010, as more than 25,000 fans helped to create an electric atmosphere.

Academy product Kelly and fellow City teammate Jay Dasilva – on loan from Chelsea – both completed 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw, which saw Aidy Boothroyd's group extend their unbeaten run to 16 matches.

“It was a great experience,” said Kelly. “Representing my country at my hometown club – I couldn’t ask for more.

“We got a great reception, there were more fans here than I thought there would be, and hearing them chant my name was a good feeling just before kick-off.

“Ashton Gate is a great venue. What they’ve done to it over the past four or five years is immense and it’s finally getting the recognition it deserves.”

City duo Dasilva (left) and Kelly (right)

The Young Lions gained an early advantage through Dominic Calvert-Lewin, as he converted Reiss Nelson's low cross, but victory was denied when Sebastian Szymanski found the back of the net with a 35 yard free kick.

“We wanted to come away with more than a draw but at the same time we can take a lot of positives from the game,” Kelly continued.

“We will now re-group and move on to the next game where we will look for the win.

“The squad will now recover before we travel down to Bournemouth for a game on Tuesday.”

Germany Under-21s are next up for Boothroyd’s team on Tuesday evening (March 26th, 7.45pm), with AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium hosting the fixture.