Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll hails team effort following 2-0 win over Middlesbrough
Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll described his side’s 2-0 home victory over Middlesbrough as a “real team effort.”
Goals either side of half time from Albert Adomah and Steven Davies made it five wins in six home games for the Robins, who climbed off the foot of the table and moved above Barnsley and Peterborough.
But O’Driscoll was forced to utilise his squad after losing midfielder Cole Skuse and winger Paul Anderson before kick-off and then striker Jon Stead just 18 minutes into the game.
Neil Kilkenny and Davies came back into the team, Adomah made an impact from the bench and striker Sam Baldock came on near the end to play his part too.
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O’Driscoll said: “We lost Cole Skuse to a family bereavement and our thoughts are with him. “The first I knew about it was when he came through the door before the match. But family comes before football and there was no way he could play.
“We’ve also lost Paul Anderson to a stomach bug and Jon Stead has gone off early in the game with a groin injury.
“But we’ve adapted really well and those players who came in have fitted in well and done a good job.
“I said when I first came here this would have to be a real team effort between the players, the staff and the crowd and, so far, that is the way it has been.
“The squad has been tested and stretched a little bit, but everyone who has come in has played their part.
“It cannot ever just be the 11 on the field. It has to be the 18 in the squad or the 22 on the training field, because we all know things change. People lose form and people get injured and everybody has to be ready to play when called upon.
“That is a trait of a successful team and we want to be a successful team.”
City are now unbeaten in four games and have kept three successive clean sheets to dramatically improve their chances of staying up.
Hard work and organisation were once again key factors for the Robins, who hardly allowed play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough a shot at goal.
O’Driscoll added: “It is about defending as a team, staying compact, understanding what the opposition are trying to do and solving the problem.
“We are not a team that is going to dominate possession – that is not there yet.
But we are a team that is organised, looks as though it knows what it is doing and is comfortable within that.
“Win lose or draw, performance-wise, I can have no complaints. I’ve been pleased with every single performance since I walked through the door.”