Liam Kelly insists “sleeping giant” Coventry must avoid letting the occasion of a Wembley play-off final ruin their Premier League dream.Coventry, one of the Premier League’s founder members in 1992, will end a 22-year exile from the top flight if they overcome Luton in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final on Saturday.Victory would cap a remarkable journey for Coventry and Kelly as the veteran midfielder was part of the Sky Blues team which beat Exeter in the League Two play-off final at Wembley in 2018.“The attention surrounding this game is more (than 2018), but on a personal level it’s just the same for me,” said skipper Kelly.“We were expected to be promoted from League Two and League One, but at the start of the season I don’t think anyone expected us to be in this position.“When I came here I don’t think many people envisioned where the club would be now.
It’s been a great journey.“It’s a big club and it’s been a sleeping giant for a while, but we’ve seen the support the last few years.”Coventry took 42,500 fans to Wembley when they beat Oxford to win the EFL Trophy in 2017.This time the Sky Blues have sold their allocation of 36,237 tickets for a game described as one for the romantics given Luton’s rise from non-league football over the past decade.Luton ended the campaign two places higher and with 10 points more than Mark Robins’ Coventry, but their two games in the regular season were both drawn.Kelly said: “Luton finished third and are one of the best teams in the Championship.“It’s going to be a fantastic day but at the same time you can’t let the occasion get the best of you.“You’ve got to realise what’s at stake and use that energy from the crowd to achieve what we want to.“I remember it (2018 play-offRead more on independent.co.uk
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