Bristol City new-boy Liam Kelly wants to put nightmare start behind him against Ipswich
Liam Kelly hopes to make Ashton Gate feel like home sweet home when Bristol City take on Ipswich Town in the npower Championship on Saturday.
Certainly, Kelly's first experience of playing in BS3 is one he will want to forget in a hurry.
Making his Robins debut less than 48 hours after moving from Kilmarnock, the midfielder underwent a baptism of fire as City crashed to a 4-0 defeat to Leicester in front of their own fans.
And to make matters worse for the newcomer, the man who signed him, Derek McInnes, was sacked as manager just hours afterwards.
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"It was a strange situation and far from ideal," recalled Kelly. "It was Derek who brought me in and the last thing I expected was to be working under another manager so soon after arriving.
"The situation caused a bit of confusion and I was not quite sure what the future held for me. But these things happen in football and, as a player, you have to adapt quickly."
Kelly was a relieved man when selected in O'Driscoll's starting eleven at Leeds last weekend and his performance at Elland Road should see him retain his place against Ipswich.
He revealed: "I've spoken to Sean O'Driscoll about my situation and he has reassured me.
"It was a big relief when I was named in the starting line-up at Leeds and I'm looking forward to working with the new manager and taking on board his ideas."
Although City turned in an improved defensive performance at Elland Road, they created very few chances and will need to be better in the final third of the pitch if they are to beat Ipswich.
Kelly commented: "We'll look to be solid again and work hard like we did against Leeds. We cannot afford to let another four goals in like we did in the last home game against Leicester.
"We will have to maintain our concentration levels for 90 minutes and be organised.
"But the new manager has now had time to get his attacking ideas across and we need to create more chances at get forward more.
"If we do that, I'm sure the fans will get behind us and we will enjoy playing at Ashton Gate."