Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll admits his players were naive
Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll says his players will have to wise-up if they are to avoid a repeat of the first goal they conceded against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last night.
Ian Holloway’s promotion-chasing side went ahead on 34 minutes when Glenn Murray headed in from a quickly-taken Kagisho Dicgacoi free kick.
City players paid the price for not delaying the set-piece, prompting O’Driscoll to complain about naïve defending.
And City’s head coach has promised to put that particular shortcoming right on the training field ahead of Saturday’s crunch home game with fellow strugglers Barnsley.
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He said: “We showed a bit of naivety. Someone should have picked the ball up or stood over it.
“That is probably something we should work on. It is not in the spirit of the game, but it is what you need to do at this level.
“You cannot let people spot the ball and ping it like that, because it gives your back line a problem.
“They played everybody on-side and Palace got a man in behind us. If it is a good enough ball, then it gives them an opportunity, and that is what happened.”
Although Palace were always in the driving seat once substitute Stephen Dobbie had fired them into a 2-0 lead midway through the second half, O’Driscoll felt City’s performance against another of the Championship’s best sides represented an improvement on Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at leaders Cardiff.
The Robins were unable to match Palace’s phenomenal firepower, but there was no doubting their spirit and commitment to the cause.
“I thought it was a step-up from Cardiff, who caused us problems with their pace, movement and quality,” said O’Driscoll.
“Palace are the same, albeit a bit more open at times, but we stuck to our task and showed that we had learned from the Cardiff game.
“We tried to stop them getting through and did that for the most part. We gave them problems and, when you get Ian Holloway screaming and shouting at the referee, you know you have them rattled a little bit.
“But they have quality and, as Ian said in his programme notes, he can bring a couple of people on to win games, and Stephen Dobbie’s free kick did exactly that.
“I thought we gave it a right go and kept going right until the end. Unfortunately, the goals have come through pressure.”