That was such a satisfying win, says Bristol City boss Derek McInnes
DEREK McInnes spoke of his sheer elation at the final whistle after seeing his Bristol City team come from behind to snatch a crucial 3-2 victory against fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
City twice fell behind, but came back on each occasion to level matters through two Sam Baldock penalties, before Albert Adomah netted a glorious late winner direct from a free-kick.
Adomah's fifth goal of the season saw the Robins move out of the npower Championship relegation zone and heap pressure on Wednesday, who are now adrift at the wrong end of the table.
McInnes said: "Our job is to make people feel happy and proud of the team and there was a real sense of satisfaction at the end.
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"Although we're not the best team in the world, it is never dull. When the supporters make the effort to come up and you see what it means to them, it is just sheer elation to get all three points. All in all, it was a good day for us and a good three points for us."
Above all, this result and performance represented the perfect response to last week's humiliating 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Wolves, an outcome that led some supporters to question the commitment of the players.
McInnes said: "I can understand why supporters questioned the players after a 4-1 home defeat, but I have never questioned their commitment.
"We were still committed last week, but we did not have the strength of mind to come back after we fell behind.
"We were shell-shocked and did not react in the right manner. Commitment is a word that is thrown out there, but you can never accuse us of lacking that.
"What I think you can say is that there is sometimes a lack of strength on the mental side of things. But that was not the case today.
"Regardless of the outcome, what I thought we had was bundles of character. When we lost the first goal, we came straight back at them. When we lost the second goal, we came back straight away.
"It was more the attitude of the players than anything tactical I did. It was their sheer will not to accept the result.
"The players just got on with it and that shows what can be done."
City withstood a physical battering from opponents who adopted route one tactics in a bid to exploit a defence that has yet to keep a clean sheet this season.
Although the back-four looked shaky at times, McInnes was full of praise for the manner in which his players acquitted themselves amid potentially intimidating circumstances.
"We had to deal with a lot of traffic and the kind of football we don't normally see in the Championship anymore," added the Scot. "It was route one and it was absolute carnage at times. It was long throws from both sides, long balls played into the box and two big centre-backs going forward at every opportunity. We had to deal with a lot of that.
"If people thought that was a way of exploiting us – and I can see why they would if they'd watched us over the last few weeks – we've stood up to it.
"Hopefully, when teams look at that, they will think they have to try and beat Bristol City another way. We stood up to a lot of direct football and that was the pleasing thing for me.
"We picked a team to deal with that and, thankfully, we played enough football to win the game. I think the right team won."