Fan's view by Matthew Withers
NO one is going to judge Sean O'Driscoll after one game. The popular choice by many City fans will need more than a few days to influence the team with the way he wants them to play and I hope that he will also be able to bring in one or two players, in particular, at the back and in midfield.
The City board had to act quickly and, while it will take something of a football miracle to maintain our Championship status, they have at least recognised the need for a change and I think got the right man in.
Derek McInnes has been dignified since the sacking and explained the difficulties that he faced in trying to reduce the wage bill and yet remain competitive in the division.
So on to Sean O'Driscoll, can the new head coach do the impossible and get enough points to keep the side in the Championship.
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I doubt it, although I will support the team 100 per cent in the hope that he can. The facts are that we have still not kept a clean sheet and are now seven points from safety.
Not many City fans expected O'Driscoll to work his magic straight away and get a result at Leeds United. The team worked hard and O'Driscoll saw plenty of positives in the way we defended as a team and attacked as a team. We seemed to have plenty of the ball, something which O'Driscoll's teams are known for, but we didn't threaten enough in the final third. Hopefully, Sam Baldock will be back for the home game against Ipswich Town next weekend and can improve that statistic.
It was interesting listening to Neil Kilkenny and Louis Carey after the game. Kilkenny explained how he had been training with the reserves the last few weeks and hopes that under O'Driscoll he will get given more opportunities. Well Neil, that's down to you. From what I've seen Keith Millen and Derek McInnes were right not to give you much game-time as you showed very little to warrant a starting place.
I was more interested in what Louis said about the new 'gaffer' wanting to play players in their right positions, alluding to the fact that players were played out of position by McInnes. So it's a big week for the team. The new head coach has a full week to get the players more tuned in to what he wants to do.
I was pleased to see that Bristol Rovers were granted approval for their new stadium. Maybe the fact that our neighbours have been granted approval can have some influence on our stadium plans. It was interesting to see Bristol Mayor George Ferguson supporting the Rovers stadium and as a result supporting the fact that Sainsbury's were granted planning permission for a store on the Memorial Stadium site. Didn't Ferguson strongly oppose the Sainsbury's store at Ashton Gate?