21st Nov, 2019

"Underdogs" Sporting can cause upset, says Kelly

Ben Tyler 21st Feb, 2019

SPORTING manager Brendan Kelly says his side will be seen as underdogs when they travel to league leaders Peterborough Sports tomorrow (3pm), but admits they can be a match for their rivals.

Kelly feels that it will be unusual for his side not to be seen as favourites, but doesn’t see why Bromsgrove can’t come away with three points on Saturday.

“It will be a bit of a strange atmosphere. Sporting haven’t been underdogs for a couple of years so it will be a rare feeling for the lads,” he said.

“They [Peterborough] have a much bigger budget and have the best defence in the league, but if we play as well as we can then we can cause them problems on Saturday.”

The last meeting between the two sides saw Bromsgrove breach the Peterborough defence four times in a 4-3 win at the Victoria Ground in December, one of only two losses for this weekend’s hosts in the league.

Looking at how he plans to try and end Peterborough’s unbeaten run at home so far this season, and their ten match run without a loss since going down to Bromsgrove, Kelly admits Sporting must concentrate on themselves.

“I don’t know whether I’ll be making many changes, we can’t worry about other teams too much.

“When they came to the Victoria Ground, they changed their line-up for Sporting, but we must concentrate on ourselves.

“There are many points to play for, there won’t be many twists and turns left in the league but we will fight for every point remaining.”

The Rouslers go into the game on the back of a morale-boosting 5-0 victory over Kempston Rovers last weekend, and Kelly felt there were a number of positives to take from the win.

“Individual mentality from everyone in the squad was the most pleasing thing for me, not just individual performances.

“The mentality of the squad and the concentration levels have been excellent in recent weeks and that’s something we need to maintain.”

Jason Cowley netted another brace at the weekend, his 11th goal in the last six games, and Kelly re-iterated his importance to the team.

“He’s very vital to what we’re trying to do, he’s up to 23 for the season now and has been bang in form since he came back to the club.

“But then he has been since the summer, we got him back in and worked on things that he needs to improve, and he hasn’t looked back since.”

John Pykett’s screamer finished off the rout for Sporting, which gave the Sporting boss more reason to be cheerful.

“His technique was very good, it’s not his job to be scoring those, his job is to get crosses into the box – but it’s great to see that his confidence is back.

“All of the goals had a feel good factor to them on Saturday and that was felt around the ground.”

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