Liam Kelly claims transformation in fortunes at Bristol City is like "night and day"
Liam Kelly describes the difference between Bristol City now and when he first joined the club in January as like “night and day.”
Signed from Scottish Premier League Kilmarnock during the January transfer window, the midfielder made his debut in the 4-0 home defeat to Leicester.
Manager Derek McInnes was relieved of his duties just hours afterwards, at which point the Robins were rock-bottom and, to all intents and purposes, heading for relegation to League One.
But a remarkable transformation in fortunes has taken place since Sean O’Driscoll was appointed head coach in mid-January, City winning five and drawing two of their last 11 games to give themselves a genuine chance of reaching safety.
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A member of the team humbled by Leicester on January 12, Kelly has featured in every game since and is well-placed to appreciate the difference in the atmosphere inside Ashton Gate.
He told The Post: “It is like the difference between night and day.
“I was only here a day or so before the manager got the sack and the atmosphere was pretty bad straight after the Leicester game.
“Things have changed massively since then, especially in terms of our home form. We’ve won five out of six and things are totally different.”
City were booed off the pitch after losing to Leicester in Kelly’s first game, but the fans have responded positively to improved results and performances and they stayed right up until the final whistle in recent games against Brighton and Middlesbrough.
Kelly acknowledged: “The fans have been amazing and really played their part. That has given us a massive boost on the pitch.
“The fans are now in good spirits and that must make Ashton Gate a hard place to come to for opposition teams.
“ I think the fans have been patient with us, especially as we have been playing defensively to try and stop the opposition rather than going gung-ho.
“You only have to look at the Brighton game last week to see how appreciative the crowd is. We did not have a lot of possession and, even though we only drew the game 0-0, they were behind us throughout and appreciated what a good result that was for us.”