Bristol City boss O'Driscoll insists team is moving closer to first away point
Sean O'Driscoll believes Bristol City are edging closer to collecting their first away point in the Championship since he took charge in January.
Appointed successor to the sacked Derek McInnes six weeks ago, the 55-year-old Midlander has inspired a remarkable transformation in fortunes at Ashton Gate, presiding over four successive home wins.
But while City have beaten Ipswich Town, Watford, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley in BS3, they have yet to register a single point on their travels since changing managers.
O’Driscoll started with a 1-0 defeat at Leeds, since when the Robins have lost 2-0 at Blackburn and been defeated 2-1 by Cardiff and Crystal Palace.
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This weekend’s impending trip to Blackpool presents City with an opportunity to address that particular record of under-achievement and the head coach insists performances on the road are heading in the right direction.
O’Driscoll told The Post: “Winning your home games and not getting beaten at home is a big part of being successful at any level. But you also have to pick up the odd result away and, so far, we have only got one half of the conundrum right.
“We need to tweak things a little bit when next we go away, but I think we are getting closer.
“We were definitely close to getting something at Leeds and again at Palace, in what was always going to be a difficult game.
“Most importantly, the players will go to Blackpool knowing what they have to do to get a result and knowing how to do it.”
Although there are no easy games in the Championship, City have visited some of the more daunting destinations in the second tier since O’Driscoll took charge.
Certainly, a trip to Bloomfield Road to face a Blackpool side that has won just once in its last six home games will hold no fears for a City team that has had to negotiate Elland Road, Ewood Park, the Cardiff Stadium and Selhurst Park in recent weeks.
O’Driscoll added: “I said to the players after the Palace game, I thought their application was first class.
“We’d played two teams whose home records are as good as anything in the league and come through with our spirit intact. Although we did not pick up any points, we did not get thumped in either game and nobody lost their confidence.
“We acknowledged how good Cardiff were and adapted to try and give ourselves a chance and we really upped the tempo against Palace and felt we should have got something from the game.
“They walked off disappointed, but at the same time there was real belief that they could get a result in the next game.”