Head coach Sean O'Driscoll pours cold water on Bristol City joy
Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll has moved quickly to bring his players back down to earth.
In buoyant mood after winning three of their last four Championship games, the Robins sense an opportunity to escape the relegation zone for the first time in 2013.
But the pragmatic O'Driscoll, eager to keep feet firmly on the ground, has reminded his players they have achieved nothing yet.
City must travel to runaway leaders Cardiff on Saturday and then meet fifth-placed Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park next Tuesday – and few outside Bristol will give them a chance of avoiding defeat in both games.
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O'Driscoll kept his players out on the pitch following Saturday's 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest to make a point he has since reiterated on the training ground.
He told The Post: "I've poured water on their parade because we have two of the hardest away games possible coming up.
"I'm ever the realist and they don't come much more difficult than Cardiff and Crystal Palace away.
"It's about what we do next that matters and we are playing two of the best teams in the league on their patch.
"There is no point us saying it is not going to be difficult. That is not me being negative, that is just me being a realist.
"It means we will have to be a little bit more stringent with the players and prepare a little bit differently. That's what I was telling them after the game (on Saturday).
"We have to give Cardiff and Palace the respect they deserve. "