Running man Liam Kelly puts in marathon stint to help Bristol City stun Middlesbrough
Workaholic Bristol City midfielder Liam Kelly played his part in a potentially crucial 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate and then admitted his legs felt as though they had run a marathon.
Kelly and his team-mates put in another impressive shift to stun play-off hopefuls Boro and haul themselves off the bottom of the npower Championship table.
And the midfielder talked afterwards of the cumulative effect of having played three games in eight days.
“I’m not sure how many miles I’ve run this week, but it feels like an awful lot,” claimed the former Kilmarnock man, who played the full 90 minutes in games against Blackpool and Brighton before helping City overcome Boro.
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“I looked at the statistics and found out I’d covered 12.8 kilometres against Brighton last week, which sounds like a lot.
“I don’t know how far I ran against Middlesbrough, but it felt like I’d run a marathon by the end!”
He added: “It’s that hard work that is giving us a base and helping us take points from good sides like Brighton and Middlesbrough.”
City have now shut out the opposition in the last three games and Kelly highlighted defensive obduracy as the biggest single reason for the team’s recent transformation in fortunes.
He told The Post: “We’ve kept three clean sheets in a row and that’s fantastic for us. That is what gives us a good base to build from and that is what will get us out of trouble.
“We were leaking goals before the new gaffer came in and it was our biggest problem. We were scoring goals, but all the good work was being undone at the other end.
“It is something we have concentrated on since Sean O’Driscoll came in and I think the improvement is down to a combination of hard work and organisation.
“A lot of work goes on in the week to make sure we are prepared and, as you can see, it is paying off.
“Things have turned around massively and the last few results have given us a lot of confidence.”