I’m look­ing for­ward to my FA Cup bow – Kelly

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football - TOM HAGUE Foot­ball writer

BRIS­TOL Rovers de­fender Michael Kelly is look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in the FA Cup for the first time.

The Kil­marnock-born left-back ap­pears set to make his cup de­but to­mor­row when the Pi­rates travel to Bar­net in the first round of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Hav­ing grown up in Scot­land, Kelly has strong me­mories of the Scot­tish Cup, but is well aware of the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion.

He said: “Back home it was all about the Scot­tish Cup and stuff like that. I’ve never been in­volved in an FA Cup fix­ture, so I’m look­ing for­ward to Sun­day.

“It’s an old com­pe­ti­tion and ev­ery­one wants to win it. We go into Sun­day and look for­ward to that and will try to win the game.”

Kelly says that ev­ery­one at Rovers is ea­ger to put an end to their re­cent poor form in the com­pe­ti­tion.

He said: “You al­ways want to win games and, hope­fully, we can go one bet­ter this year and get into the next round.”

The Scots­man has es­tab­lished him­self as a key mem­ber of Rovers’ first team in re­cent weeks, start­ing their last five games, and is keen for his form to con­tinue.

He said: “I just want to play games and I’m get­ting the chance to do that here just now and I’m en­joy­ing ev­ery minute. Hope­fully it con­tin­ues and I can play on Sun­day again. I’ve been lucky enough to get an op­por­tu­nity here. Hope­fully I can keep do­ing well in train­ing and hope­fully that means I can keep get­ting selected.”

On the pres­sures of get­ting his first pro­longed taste of se­nior pro­fes­sional foot­ball this sea­son, Kelly ad­mit­ted that there were nerves at some points early on in the cam­paign, but they have quickly sub­sided, thanks to the wel­com­ing na­ture of the squad at Rovers.

He said: “There’s al­ways nerves at the start, but the more you play, the more you get used to them nerves. I feel com­fort­able in front of the boys.

“I feel like one of the first-team mem­bers. They don’t treat me like a young boy, they treat me like a first­team player, so that’s good to be around.”

The full-back cel­e­brated his 21st birth­day as the Pi­rates claimed a 3-0 win over Black­pool last Satur­day and was pleased his fam­ily were in at­ten­dance at Bloom­field Road.

He said: “It was quite a big birth­day, but it’s just an­other year. It was good to get a win and a clean sheet on my birth­day and I had my fam­ily there to see me.

“The fam­ily have come down a few times, but un­for­tu­nately when they came I wasn’t selected.

“Satur­day was the first time and it was good to have it on my birth­day.

“It was good to have them there and it was good to win. We scored a few goals as well, hope­fully we can con­tinue that into the week­end.”

It was a win that marked the end of a poor run of form for the Pi­rates, and Kelly is now keen to build on it.

He said: “If we keep the ball out of our net it gives us ev­ery chance to win and there was a dry patch, yes, but we’ve scored a few at the week­end and the goals will come.

“Game by game, the goals will def­i­nitely come – hope­fully that can be a kick-starter from Satur­day into Sun­day.”

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