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O'Driscoll masks his frustration

1 September 2013

Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll put a positive spin on his side's display after they failed to claim their first league victory of the season with a 1-1 draw at Gillingham.

City travelled to Priestfield for the second time in a month having beaten the Gills 2-0 in the first round of the Capital One Cup, but history was not to be repeated.

Gillingham capitalised on a fast start when Adebayo Akinfenwa glanced a giant throw from Charlie Lee past goalkeeper Frank Fielding in the 22nd minute.

But City hit back on the stroke of half-time and grabbed an equaliser through Marvin Elliott, who powered home a trademark header from a pin-point Scott Wagstaff delivery.

City could have easily won it with Nicky Shorey, on debut off the bench, and Sam Baldock both going close, but O'Driscoll remained upbeat despite now no wins in five.

"It's three games unbeaten in all competitions, so you can use statistics whatever way you want. We're a completely new team, a side in transition," said O'Driscoll.

"So it's going to be a difficult season for us, regardless of the club's size. We started very slowly and with all due respect to Gillingham, we just didn't get going.

"It was a little bit too laboured, and then we conceded the goal. When you look at the success Gillingham have had with long throws, you know you've got to be switched on.

"From our point of view it was soft. You've then got to regroup, and to be fair we came strong at the end of the half and got what I felt was a deserved equaliser.

"That gave us an opportunity to reassess at half-time and we had so many chances in the second half. Creating chances is the crucial thing - to score goals you've got to make chances."

Unlike City, Gillingham have not won a game at all this term, but boss Martin Allen was quick to state that the season had only just started.

"I thought we were outstanding in the first half," Allen said. "We had a tricky five minutes just before half-time, but apart from that, I thought we played superbly well.

"We've put in some good performances, we were superb against Brentford, last week at Swindon we were better than them for the majority, and we were unlucky to lose against Colchester.

"Obviously Bristol City came into it in the second half, yet we defended as a team. It was important that we kept our discipline and kept on believing and we stuck at it.

"People on the outside, who are they? It's another point on our board and we've played some big clubs already. It's a long competition - it's 10 months, not 10 minutes, and we're doing alright.

"It's a good point against a good team, and we have to be happy.

"I'm happy with the last three games, but we cannot settle for what we've got. We've got to keep on improving."

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