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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Monday, March 12th 2018

Kelly keen to prove himself

Teenager Lloyd Kelly made quite the impression on only his second league start for City on Saturday.

The 19-year-old left-back contributed to a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Burton Albion and was both praised by head coach Lee Johnson and Brewers manager Nigel Clough.

Johnson had earlier told that Kelly had been "knocking at his door" before he made his eighth appearance of the season at the Pirelli Stadium.

After impressing in the fixture, the youngster could be in line for more game time against Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate this coming Saturday, with Joe Bryan set to serve the second game of his suspension.

Speaking after the full-time whistle in Staffordshire, Kelly told BCTV: "I’ve been doing everything right on and off the pitch to make sure that when given my chance I take it and I think I did that on Saturday."


"Burton is always a difficult place to go and play football because of how they set and up and want to play, especially with their manager in Nigel Clough. I think we were a lot better in the second half, we got on the front foot, we were a lot more forward thinking and we got on the ball a lot more.

"Overall, I think were can take a lot of positives from the game and now we move onto the next one against Ipswich Town."

On making impressions, after Clough asked Johnson about the left-back, Kelly continued: "That’s all I can try to dol I want to prove to everyone what I am able to do. I just want to keep on trying to progress and keep knocking on the head coach’s door as much as I can.

"We need to keep concentrating going into Saturday, We’re both in good spirits. All the boys are raring to go for the last push towards the end of the season so I think it will be an interesting game."