Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll pleased with performance despite losing 2-1 at Wolves
Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll insisted he was pleased with his team’s performance if not the result after watching them lose 2-1 to fellow strugglers Wolves at Molineux.
City looked to be on course for a vital success after a bizarre own goal from Wanderers midfielder David Davis gifted them the lead midway through the first half.
But Wolves staged a late fight-back and turned the tables thanks to strikes from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle in the 76th and 78th minutes respectively.
Defeat was hard to take for a City side that appeared to be comfortable for most of the game, but O’Driscoll did his best to put a positive spin on things afterwards.
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He told The Post: “I’m disappointed with the result, but pleased with the performance.
“It is a big stadium to have to come to and try and get a result against a team that was in the Premier Division last season.
“I think we have shown what we are about. The last time we played Wolves at Ashton Gate we got thumped, so it shows we have improved.
“If you take the result away and tell me that we will perform like that, then I’ll take it all day long.
“Results between now and the end of the season will go for us and go against us. I want to be consistent in the message I’m giving and I thought the level of performance was terrific.
“I’m not going to take instants out of the game and allow them to change my mind about the way I think the team has performed.”
City elected to drop deep and defend their lead after the break and failed to keep possession long enough to break a Wolves side that was short on confidence.
Ebanks-Blake had a number of chances before he scored the equaliser, while the visitors scarcely created a chance.
O’Driscoll reflected: “It is such a fine line in this division. We’ve played that way ever since I arrived and it has won us games.
“You come in 1-0 up at half-time and you know they are going to come at you in the second half.
“You know they are not going to play through you, but are going to put the ball in the box as much as they possibly can.
“That gives you a dilemma. Do you go front foot and squeeze them high or are you going to defend what you’ve got? Human natured dictates that you defend what you’ve got.
“Up until they scored the goal, we felt we were okay and looked dangerous on the break as well.”