Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll praises his team's character after victory over Ipswich
Delighted Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll praised his players for showing real strength of character to come from behind and beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Ashton Gate.
Thrashed 4-0 by Leicester in their last home game, the Robins were clearly low on confidence playing in front of their own supporters.
Another defeat was on the cards when Ipswich went ahead 14 minutes before half-time, but City staged a spirited fight-back and second-half goals from substitutes Steven Davies and Jon Sead turned things around and ensured a first win in five games in 2013.
O'Driscoll said: "It is always hard to get off the mark at home when you come to a new team and we had to weather a bit of a storm and change tactically to get the result.
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"I'm just delighted with the players' attitude and character. As I said in my programme notes, ability is all very well, but you need characters as well.
"When things went against them, they stuck together and showed great application. Goals change games and, to get the equaliser so soon after half time, gave everyone a boost.
"We probably played better at Leeds last week and got beat 1-0, but I thought the players were terrific today.
"They lost 4-0 the last time they played at Ashton Gate and it was not a nice place to play that day. At least people have gone home with a smile on their faces this time.
"We know we can do better and we will have to be better, but at least this is a step in the right direction."
City went in at half time trailing to Daryl Murphy's 31st minute opener, prompting O'Driscoll to order a tactical switch in midfield.
He explained: "There was a huge gap between Sam Baldock up front and the rest of the team.
"I told the players they had to fill that gap in front of the Ipswich defence and the last thing I did before sending them back out was to draw a big box on the board.
"We re-jigged things, pushed one of the midfield forward to fill that space and gave ourselves a better chance to score a goal.
"We were defensively quite sound (in the first half) but our only option was to hit Sam Baldock over the top and it is going to take a poor goal defensively for that to work. That is why we changed it."