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Kelly - Important Minutes Against Bamber Bridge

Kelly - Important Minutes Against Bamber Bridge

Preston's traditional pre-season opener at Bamber Bridge was won 7-0 as Alex Neil watched on from the Stands.

Goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly and first team coach Steve Thompson took charge of first team matters when Simon Grayson left for Sunderland and Kelly has shared thoughts on the victory at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

This win, thanks to Ben Davies, Stevie May Callum Robinson, Melle Meulensteen, Tom Barkhuizen and two from Jordan Hugill got North End off to a flying start.

Kelly told the Official Website the minutes under the belt for the players were the most important thing.

He said: 'It's the first competitive game of the season and it's tradition to play our first preseason game here and it's great to see so many tonight. But more importantly, we've fielded two different teams and they've got 45 minutes under their belt and it's about building for that first game of the season.'

Having lost Grayson wasn't ideal but it gave everyone a clean slate with all now looking to impress Neil, which Kelly believes they did.

'It's never ideal to lose a manager during preseason but myself and Tommo were here to serve the club and make sure the players were in the right frame of mind. It was a case of 'look, this is the schedule' and let's do it to the best of your ability, and judging by the performance tonight and how they've been the last eight days - they've given the manager something to think about.'

And Kelly hopes he did his part to help the club - dear to his heart - through a difficult period.

'I've probably worked on and off with the club for 40 years now and I was born into this club especially when your dad has a giant face of himself in a stand. It's widely known that I'm born within a stone's throw of the club; hopefully we've done our part these past few days.'

A disappointment was an injury to summer signing Declan Rudd when the goalkeeper had to come on - Kelly's hopeful it's not too much to worry about.

He said: 'It came out of nowhere; It was his first kick - he'd done a 30 minute warm up prior to that and not felt a thing but that's football and let's hope it's not too serious and he's only out for a week or two.'

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Date:Sunday July 9 2017
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