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REACTION: Kelly - 'We stuck at it'

13 February 2017

Midfielder happy to be back following four month absence

Midfielder Liam Kelly was pleased with the resilience shown by the O’s to come away from Yeovil Town with a deserved point on Saturday.

The 27-year-old made his first start for the club at Huish Park since October after recovering from a torn hamstring, and Orient’s vice-captain revealed it felt good to get his first 90 minutes back under his belt.

“I felt the first 10 minutes were the hardest, but after that I felt ok. We started the match well and moved the ball around the pitch nicely without creating too much,” Kelly told leytonorient.com.

“Looking back on the first half we could have created a lot more but it was frustrating to concede so close to half time. It was a poor goal to concede and it was such a simple one for Yeovil with it being a long ball forward, then a swivel and shot before they scored from the rebound because nobody followed up.”

Despite going into the interval a goal behind, Danny Webb’s side responded well and Kelly feels it is important that the team ensure they get the basics right to avoid finding themselves in these situations.

“In this league not many sides are going to cut you apart with great play and goals will come from things like that so goals are going to come from things like that, and that is why we have to make sure we get the basics right but we didn’t do that," he added.

“We need to stop conceding goals like that but we stuck to our task and it was nice to get away with a draw. I think from now until the end of the season we have to make sure that we pick up something from every single game and ignore the league table. If we can do that come the end of the season hopefully it will be looking good for us.”

With over 150 Orient supporters making the long trip to Somerset, Kelly was pleased to give them something to cheer about with the late equaliser despite being frustrated at not getting on the end of Paul McCallum’s knockdown in the build-up to Gavin Massey’s 88th minute strike.

“I’m disappointed in myself to have missed the ball but thankfully Gav was there to finish. I just went to put it in and rolled my ankle which meant I was still on the ground when the ball went in.

“I looked up and saw the ball in the back of the net and although I’m gutted to miss, the ball hit the back of the net and that is all that counts.

“It was a brilliant effort to see so many fans at the game and I think they appreciated the goal at the end because everything matters on the pitch. We are now down to the business end of the season and it is a busy few weeks for us as a club. We have to take everything from every single game we play.

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