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We Have To Concentrate On Us - Kelly

26 February 2021

A photograph of Rob Kelly Chris Donnelly (MI News & Sport)
Rob Kelly

Rob Kelly has demanded another high energy performance from his players as they make the trip to face Bolton Wanderers in their next big League Two fixture this weekend.

The caretaker boss had an instant impact in midweek as he inspired a battling performance in the 1-0 win at Oldham Athletic, which has raised confidence and morale in the Bluebirds camp.

However, the experienced Kelly has been quick to remind his squad that Tuesday’s success was only a platform for what they need to go on and achieve during the remainder of the campaign.

And he’s left nobody in any doubt that at the core of everything they do in order to try and ensure they move towards League Two safety will be sheer hard work.

“In this league, as in any league, you have to earn the right to play,” Kelly told iFollow.

“Nobody is going to turn up and just give you the ball and this is a very competitive league we’re in, as you saw the other night.

“If you don’t turn up or you haven’t got the right approach, for whatever reason, the league can get turned upon its head.

“We have to concentrate on what we can do, as much as we possibly can, and do everything we can to get the performances and results we need.”

Barrow are once again coming up against former boss Ian Evatt on Saturday, the man who led The Bluebirds to their historic promotion to the Football League last term.

Evatt has weathered a tricky start to life in the Bolton dugout and The Trotters are now on a run of five wins from six as they look to gate-crash the League Two promotion party this season.

Kelly has full respect for his opposite number ahead of this weekend’s tussle at the impressive University of Bolton Stadium but has insisted his players cannot afford to drop their concentration.

“Ian did a terrific job here – and he’s doing a good job there, by the way.

“The club has had a difficult time for a number of years, and it looks as though they’re starting to arrest that slide and move in the other direction.

“It’s a big club and one of the reasons everyone was desperate to get promotion from the National League was to play at stadiums like Bolton and Bradford City, these types of historically bigger clubs.

“But it’s not about just turning up and enjoying that, we want to perform. We’re going there to do everything we possibly can to get a positive result.

“Admire all the stuff when you arrive and when you leave, but we’re there to do our work.”

Click here now to watch our pre-match video interview with Rob Kelly in full on iFollow.


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