Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll is upbeat following 0-0 draw with high-flying Brighton
Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll sought to accentuate the positives after watching his improving team hold npower Championship promotion hopefuls Brighton to a 0-0 draw at Ashton Gate.
Although the result means the Robins are still at the bottom of the table, this latest performance represented another step in the right direction.
Well-organised and hard to beat, City restricted Brighton to a mere handful of half chances and followed up Saturday’s goalless draw at Blackpool with a second successive clean sheet.
O’Driscoll told The Post: “We have to look at the positives and we’ve kept a clean sheet against one of the best sides in the Championship.
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“To keep back-to-back clean sheets against difficult opponents in Blackpool and Brighton is pleasing.
“I thought our work-rate, commitment and attitude were all excellent and they are all things you need to be successful. We just need to add a bit more quality and a bit more confidence.
“They did not play like a team bottom of the league; they played like a team that has confidence and knows what it is doing.
“From when I first walked through the door to now, I’ve seen a fantastic improvement in them as individuals as well as a group.”
O’Driscoll again stressed the importance of performance over outcome and refused to be swayed by his team’s position in the table.
He said: “It’s all a state of mind. Brighton were probably looking to win the game and we were looking not to lose it and then see where we could go from there.
“That is the difficulty at the moment – every point we drop is a massive blow when you are in our situation.
“But regardless of where we are in the league, that is a point closer to us getting out of it and making sure we are a Championship club next season.
“One team was sixth and the other was bottom, but you would have been hard-pressed to tell which was which.”