Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll praises central defenders after goalless draw at Blackpool
Bristol City boss Sean O’Driscoll was full of praise for the central defensive pairing of Lewin Nyatanga and Liam Fontaine after watching his side hold Blackpool to a 0-0 draw in the npower Championship at Bloomfield Road.
Fontaine and Nyatanga were outstanding as the Robins registered their first clean sheet on the road this season to claim a precious point in their fight against relegation.
Afforded an opportunity when veteran centre-back Louis Carey was injured at Blackburn last month, Wales international Nyatanga has seized his chance with both hands.
O’Driscoll told The Post: “Lewin Nyatanga is playing on the wrong side, being a left-footer, and he has been terrific.
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“He and Liam have forged a really good partnership since we lost Louis Carey.
“We thought Louis and Liam would probably be our best partnership, but there is now another one blossoming.
“Lewin’s best position is on the left, so all credit to him. That is the quietest I’ve ever seen a Blackpool crowd.
“We kept them quiet and looked like a team that should have had more clean sheets than we have this season.”
A delighted O’Driscoll felt a draw was a fair result and believes his team is at last building momentum after taking four points from the last two games.
He said: “That is as consistent as we have been in a game from start to finish since I’ve been here.
“It was probably dictated by the pitch, because you cannot manipulate the ball quick enough to open up defences.
“If you are organised and disciplined, the only way they can score is from a set piece.
“We asked the players ‘ can you keep a clean sheet and can you adapt to the conditions? I thought they solved the problems very well.”