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Jaap Stam highlights impact of Irish youngster in Reading win

The Dutch coach was particularly pleased with how the Liam Kelly changed the game yesterday.

 Liam Kelly recently signed a new contract with Reading.
Liam Kelly recently signed a new contract with Reading.

READING MANAGER JAAP Stam has highlighted the role of Liam Kelly in his side’s Championship victory over Bristol City, stressing that the midfielder’s second-half goal had a huge effect on the game.

Hosts Bristol were leading 2-0 when Kelly was introduced on the 66th minute and the 21-year-old was on the pitch just over five minutes when he bagged his first senior goal for the club.

With less than four minutes remaining, the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international set up the equaliser, providing an assist for Yann Kermorgant, who added a second in added time to snatch all three points at Ashton Gate.

“Liam Kelly made a difference when he came on; in his movement, in possession and also scoring that goal,” Stam said after the game.

“The goal gave them a bit of discomfort and gave us a boost after the goal they scored.”

The former Manchester United defender added: “I’m very happy and proud of the team after how they performed.”

Kelly, who spent a period of last season on loan at Bath City, has made a total of 10 league appearances for Reading, who now occupy third place in the Championship table.

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