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Apr 17, 2013

Reading are improving, says Kelly

Reading defender Stephen Kelly has said he believes the Berkshire side are improving and has not given up hope of an unlikely escape from relegation.

The Royals are bottom of the Premier League, ten points adrift of safety, but kept a clean sheet to draw 0-0 at home to Liverpool on Saturday despite being outplayed in the first half.

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy turned in an inspired display to keep the Merseysiders at bay, but Reading produced a much more secure team performance after the break to claim the point.

And Kelly - who played out of position at left-back - said he believed that showed that training ground work under the new manager was beginning to pay off.

"It was nice to get a clean sheet - Alex was obviously fantastic," he told the club's official website. "Every game since the manager has come in we've got better, and we've been working really hard.

"They had a lot of possession and a good few chances, but I think that point was coming for us. Overall, it was a very good team effort - and I was delighted to get a clean sheet, which is something to build on."

Kelly said he believed Reading could travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich on Saturday in a positive frame of mind.

The Canaries have won only one league game in 2013 and are four points above the relegation zone, and the defender insisted: "I think we can go there and get a result.

"We're looking to build on this result, hopefully go to Norwich and keep another clean sheet - and if we can get a win it would be amazing.

"Hopefully we can build on it and come to the last five games, you never know. Mathematically it's still possible, so why not?"

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