Bristol City skipper Marvin Elliott reveals game-plan that frustrated Brighton
Bristol City skipper Marvin Elliott revealed how a plan hatched in training succeeded in frustrating promotion-chasing Brighton at Ashton Gate.
Although the Seagulls arrived in BS3 boasting a five match unbeaten record and fresh from a 4-1 triumph over Huddersfield, they had no answer to a City side that frustrated them and forced them onto the back foot for much of the night.
Outstanding alongside Cole Skuse in the middle of the park, Elliott emerged from the home dressing room to shed light on head coach Sean O’Driscoll’s tactics.
He told The Post: “We stuck to our game-plan from training and it came off for us. Our performance had everything except a goal.
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“We have much more of a game-plan when we go into matches now and we all know what we are doing. We are enjoying it more and I think that comes out on the field.
“If you know exactly what is required when you step over that white line, then it is easier to work together. “
City lined-up with a five-man midfield and their intention was clearly to stifle Brighton. And it worked to perfection as goalkeeper Tom Heaton hardly had a save to make all night.
Elliott explained: “Everyone knows Brighton are a good passing side and our job, first and foremost, was to stop them playing. If you let them pass the ball, they are going to dominate the game and have chances.
“We worked on stopping them and I thought we executed it well.
“We watched videos, we talked about it and then we worked on it in training.
“It looked as though we were the team in sixth place and I felt we deserved to win the game.”