LIAM Kelly certainly played his part in QPR’s win over Derby County on Tuesday night.
With Rangers leading 2-1 in injury time, the R’s stopper pulled off a vital save to stop Martyn Waghorn’s close-range header.
The full-time whistle was met by jubilant cheers from the relieved fans after a frantic closing period, and Kelly told www.qpr.co.uk: “It might be more exciting for the fans but I’m not so sure it’s exciting for the players!
“To be honest, it didn’t feel like that. I think we lost our shape towards the end which allowed them chances but overall it was a good win and a good three points.
“It takes us to four games undefeated now which is a nice wee run that we’re on.”
Reflecting on his crucial stop, Kelly explained: “I remember the corner in was absolutely brilliant.
“I managed to make a good save and that was the least I could do for the boys after the effort they put in to try and limit Derby.”
Grant Hall gave QPR the lead with a stunning strike from the edge of the area, and Kelly joked: “It was unbelievable!
“As soon as I saw Hally turning to shoot, I thought: ‘No way is this going in!’ But I was delighted for the skipper to get on the scoresheet.”
Ilias Chair netted to secure the win for Rangers, a result which means the R’s have picked up eight points from their last four fixtures.
Defensively, they have looked more solid too, keeping two clean sheets in those matches.
“I think in a lot of the games we have been tight at the back but we have made individual errors,” Kelly reflected.
“On Tuesday night we only conceded the one goal but we probably gave away more chances than we have in previous games – the difference was there wasn’t the individual errors which is resulting in less goals conceded.
“Hopefully we can keep that going.”
Kelly has started the last seven games and believes his solid recent displays are linked to regular football.
“I have had a wee run of games now and I think that helps,” he explained. “It’s good to be able to find yourself in familiar positions and familiar situations, judging the flight of the ball and things like that.
“I have had to be patient at the start with Joe (Lumley) and Dillon (Barnes) being top goalkeepers as well.
“The standard of goalkeeper training is excellent and I will never take my position for granted. I know I need to keep working hard and trying to do well.”
Kelly and his team-mates will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to five games on Saturday when they host Birmingham City, and Kelly added: “It will be another tough one.
“We just need to keep the structure right, keep the shape right and try to keep the back door shut so it will allow our forward players to try to win the game for us again.
“We all just want to keep going now and keep the positive vibes up.”