Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll issues defiant message after defeat to Wolves
Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll issued a message of defiance after seeing his team lose to fellow strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Molineux plunged the Robins deeper into trouble at the foot of the npower Championship table.
City are now four points adrift of safety and have eight games left in which to stave off the growing threat of relegation.
But O’Driscoll claims his team’s spirit remains unbroken and he is backing his players to bounce back from the bitter disappointment of losing a game in which they were leading at half time.
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O’Driscoll saw late goals from Wolves strikers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle consign his team to a first defeat in five matches and then declared: “If one bad result breaks your spirit, then you are wasting your time.”
He added: “We have had poor results on the road before and always kept our spirit to bounce back strongly in the next game.
“We look as though we are organised, we look as though we know what we are doing and there is no reason why we cannot come back from this.”
Although City lost a game Wolves boss Dean Saunders described as a “six-pointer,” O’Driscoll insisted he was pleased with the manner in which his players acquitted themselves against opponents who were in the Premier League only last season.
City looked to be on course for a vital success after a bizarre own goal from Wanderers midfielder David Davis gifted them the lead midway through the first half.
Defeat was hard to take and O’Driscoll reasoned: “I’m disappointed with the result, but pleased with the performance.
“It is a big stadium to have to come to and try and get a result against a team that was in the Premier Division last season.
“I think we have shown what we are about. The last time we played Wolves at Ashton Gate we got thumped, so it shows we have improved.
“If you take the result away and tell me that we will perform like that, then I’ll take it all day long.
“Results between now and the end of the season will go for us and go against us. I want to be consistent in the message I’m giving and I thought the level of performance was terrific.
“I’m not going to take instants out of the game and allow them to change my mind about the way I think the team has performed.”
Having already lost striker Jon Stead to long-term injury, O’Driscoll is now sweating on the condition of midfielder Paul Anderson, who hobbled off midway through the first half following a robust challenge from Wanderers left-back Jack Robinson.
Anderson received lengthy treatment for an impact injury to his knee and had to be helped from the pitch.
O’Driscoll said: “Paul is not on crutches, but he cannot put weight on the knee.
“There is a possibility he has suffered a fracture and we will have to get him checked out before we know what we are dealing with.”
City are already having to make do without Stead, who suffered a muscle tear in his groin during the recent 2-0 win over Middlesbrough. He is expected to be out of action for between five and six weeks.