Head coach Sean takes encouragement from improved display
New head coach Sean O'Driscoll took charge of Bristol City for the first time and pronounced himself satisfied with his team's performance at Elland Road.
Championship play-off hopefuls Leeds may have won 1-0 thanks to Ross McCormack's 67th minute header, but City's display represented a marked improvement upon what had gone before.
Even though the Robins remain bottom of the table and are now seven points adrift of safety, former Doncaster and Nottingham Forest boss O'Driscoll was encouraged by a good deal of what he saw.
"I'll settle for the performance, if not the result," said O'Driscoll. "Had it ended 0-0, I would have been jumping through hoops, celebrating a first clean sheet and accentuating all the positives.
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"I don't think we should be negative just because we lost 1-0. There was a lot there that we have to be pleased with and, for me, it was encouraging.
"Does the fact we conceded a goal change my overall opinion of the game? No, not really. We only had three days to prepare for a difficult game – we did not train on Friday – and I don't think anyone can have too many complaints about the way the team performed, the way the team was organised and what we tried to do.
"Results can always be better, but nobody is going to come in here, click their fingers and make things better overnight.
"This performance represents a success of sorts to me. I asked them to do certain things and tried to take away the fear of the result. I told them that they could do all the things I was asking of them and they believed in it. Those things come easily when all is going well but are far more difficult when confidence is low.
"The result was harsh, but then this is a harsh industry. We did not do enough to win it, but I thought we were worth a share of the spoils."
Resilient, disciplined and well-organised all over the pitch, City defended more coherently than they had done in months and made Leeds work hard for the three points.
O'Driscoll's football philosophy is a simple one and he added: "If you defend, then you defend as a team, and I thought we did that. Sometimes you have an individual who can do something, but you also have to attack as a team.
"They were compact when they were defending, they were bright when they had the ball and they reacted in the right way when they lost it. It does not matter whether you are playing at Wembley Stadium, Leeds United or on Sunday morning in the park, those are the basic things that all successful sides do.
"We must make sure that, week in and week out, regardless of the result, we do those things. If you want to get results in this league, you need to be organised and disciplined.
"We have to give the players something they can do, no matter what the situation, and they have to keep doing what they did against Leeds. These are the building blocks that all successful sides need."