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Kelly out to keep it clean on home front


Published 03/11/2007

Paddy Kelly is hoping that the point his Donegal Celtic side claimed in last Saturday's 3-3 thriller at home to Glentoran will prove to be a turning point.

DC's Suffolk Road home has been a happy hunting ground for opposing sides and Kelly insists that it is time his club's hospitality stopped short of allowing visiting teams to take points home.

"We can't really put our finger on why things are like that," said Kelly.

"We try as much as possible to get the ball down and play good football and since we've come into the Premier League there have usually been goals in our games.

"As a manager it is something I could tear my hair out over sometimes because we want to be a team that is strong at home.

"I think if we can become a bit tighter at home we will win more than we lose and our home form is something that does need to be addressed."

Away from home though DC have had few troubles.

Indeed, they travel from west-Belfast to the north of the city this afternoon to meet Crusaders with a 100 per cent record so far from their three league games away from the Suffolk Road.

A win today would take them above Stephen Baxter's side and there is a chance they could be sitting comfortably in the top half this evening.

"I watched Crusaders against Glentoran in the County Antrim Shield final on Tuesday night and they matched the Glens in every department," said Kelly.

"They maybe don't have the firepower that Glentoran have, but very few do."

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