Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll blames "poor" second goal for defeat at Cardiff
Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll felt his team could have left the Cardiff City Stadium with a point had they not conceded a "poor" second goal in today's Severnside derby.
Already trailing 1-0, the Robins failed to deal with a long throw from Bluebirds midfielder Aron Gunnarsson and allowed Fraizer Campbell to poach his second goal of the game 13 minutes after the break.
Although the Robins pulled a goal back when Ben Nugent headed into his own net near the end, it proved too little too late.
While O'Driscoll had no problem with Campbell's opening goal, delivered in time added on at the end of the first half, he was disappointed by the second.
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He said: "Cardiff are a good side and we would all love to have a front two like Craig Bellamy and Fraizer Campbell. They are quality players in the Championship and we would all like to have that firepower.
"Cardiff scored a really good first goal. I said to the players at half time: 'If they score good goals, then credit to them. Let's not beat ourselves up, but let's not concede a poor one.'
"I was very disappointed with the second one. It was a poor goal for us to concede.
"At the end of the day, we get a goal back near the end and could have walked away with a point. But we haven't, because we have not done the basics well and have not cleared a long throw.
"It is always going to be the second ball rather than the first and I'm disappointed in that sense. It is a ploy and Stoke got out of the Championship almost purely on long throws.
"It is an opportunity to get the ball into the box and, if you have someone with that ability, then you use it."
Cardiff took the lead just seconds before the interval and O'Driscoll complained that the fourth official was late putting up the board to indicate one minute of over-time.
He complained: "The fourth official was late putting the board up before half-time, because he was talking to Malky Mackay.
"The added minute was already up when they scored. These are the little things that annoy people, that annoy managers, players and coaches alike."
Unlike at Blackburn a fortnight ago, City responded well to going 2-0 down, maintaining their shape and discipline to keep themselves in the game.
O'Driscoll added: "I thought the application of the team was first-class. They stuck in there and did not get disorganised.
"We changed system three times to try and cope with their movement and, in that sense, I was pleased.
"We were resilient and that is an asset we are going to need from now until the end of the season."