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We Must Keep Our Focus - Kelly

19 March 2021

A photograph of Rob Kelly Dave Peters (Prime Media)
Rob Kelly

Rob Kelly has told his players they must not take their foot off the gas as they return to home soil against Crawley Town this weekend looking to secure a fourth successive win.

The caretaker boss has overseen an impressive upturn in form since taking the reins as The Bluebirds clinched consecutive victories over Mansfield Town, Walsall and Cheltenham Town.

Kelly knows there is a growing confidence in the Barrow camp following those positive results but has urged his squad to maintain their focus as they prepare to host The Red Devils on Saturday.

“I watched them myself last week in what was a tight game against Mansfield,” he told iFollow.

“They have a good spirit about them, they’re well organised and they have a real threat up front, so we are well aware of what they are.

“They are not up and around the play-offs by fluke or on the back of luck, they deserve to be there, and after Saturday we will wish them well in their quest to get in there and maybe go up.

“We will show a healthy respect to them, but we’ll get on with what we want to do and make sure we do everything we can to get the three points for Barrow.”

Kelly has been able to strengthen his backroom staff in recent weeks with former Blackpool and Carlisle United boss Neil McDonald coming in to offer his support and experience to The Bluebirds.

“The staff we have are all really, really good,” Kelly explained.

“They’re young and perhaps haven’t tread the path before really, whereas Neil and I have, so he has been able to come in and help the younger staff.

“He also supports me and gives me the chance to step away a little bit or hand things over to him and Sam (Hird), which gives me some more thinking time around the games.

“I have also been able to bring in another experienced physio in Dave Fevre for a couple of days a week just to help us with all the fixtures we’re playing and that’s been great for preparation as well.

“I am really grateful to the Board for that backing; there have been lots of little things in the background that people don’t see that they have done to help us get where we need to be and I am very appreciative of that.”

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


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