Bristol City's priority is to get all the basics right, says Richard O'Kelly
Bristol City first-team coach Richard O'Kelly insists Bristol City's players must aim for the Premier League if they want to stay in the Championship this season.
Second from bottom and three points adrift of safety, the Robins have 15 games in which to secure their second tier status.
Recruited by head coach Sean O'Driscoll last month, the former Walsall assistant manager is working hard on the training ground with what he describes as "an excellent group of players" in a quest to pull the Robins clear of trouble.
And O'Kelly reckons the best way to avoid relegation is to install the good habits most often shown by promotion-winning teams.
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O'Kelly said: "Our ultimate goal is to keep Bristol City in the Championship.
"That means doing all the things, on a daily basis, you would do if you wanted to get Bristol City out of the Championship (to the Premier League).
"You have to get the basics right to be successful and that has been the priority. When you are winning, it is easier to do that, easier to talk together.
"When you are losing, it becomes more difficult and your toast falls butter side down. We have to look after the toast a bit better."
O'Driscoll and O'Kelly have a track record of improving teams during their time together at Bournemouth and Doncaster and the pair have gone back to basics in a bid to stop the rot.
City are already a better-organised team and more difficult to beat under O'Driscoll, who has succeeded in shoring up a defence that was leaking goals at a rate of two per game.
City have won three of their five games under the new regime and, as confidence is restored, so the new coaching team will attempt to impose the pass and move style that became their trademark at Bournemouth and Doncaster.
O'Kelly said: "People talk about us having a certain way of playing, but it's simple really.
"You want players to go out there and make a decision.
"You want them to understand why they have made that decision and then you want the other ten to back them up.
"If it turns out not to be the right decision, then you still need the other players to back them up.
"If you have that and you don't show disappointment and react well to the situation, then you give yourself a better chance.
"If we want to be a team that passes the ball well, then we have to be in a position to get it back when we lose it."
Albert Adomah is back in training with the first team squad after returning from international duty with Ghana.
The 25-year-old winger helped the Black Stars reach the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations in South Africa, making five appearances in the tournament and enhancing his reputation.
Having been absent since early January, Adomah is now available to aid City's fight for Championship survival.
He could return to Championship action at Cardiff this weekend.