Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll in warning to players ahead of Middlesbrough clash
Sean O’Driscoll says his Bristol City players must guard against complacency when they take on Middlesbrough in the npower Championship today.
The Robins are unbeaten in their last five games at Ashton Gate, having beaten Ipswich,W atford, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley and held high-flying Brighton to a 0-0 draw.
Head coach O’Driscoll believes there is a fine line between being confident and expecting to win and will warn his players not to under-estimate a Boro side that has won only two in the last 11 games.
Speaking ahead of today’s big game at Ashton Gate, O’Driscoll told The Post: “I think the players have to enjoy the challenge. Sometimes, the challenge is harder when you are not winning.
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“As footballers, they have to grasp the nettle and I don’t think they look like a team that is lacking in confidence.
“As I’ve said before, we try to give them things they can do well and we have to continue to do that.
“”The difficulty is when players think it is just going to happen and that is the danger in any professional sport.
“You have to be focussed and ready to play the next game, and then the next game and the next game. All successful teams do that.”
The fact fellow strugglers Wolves won 2-0 at MIllwall in midweek caused some City fans to view the Brighton result as two points lost rather than one gained.
O’Driscoll disagrees with that point of view and he reasoned: “People’s perception of a game is influenced by the result and I cannot help that or do anything about that.
“All I can do is make a good job of focussing on performance rather than outcome.
“It does not matter so much if the crowd don’t understand, so long as the players know what they are doing.”