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O'Driscoll down to the bare bones ahead of Saints test
Sean O’Driscoll is hoping Bristol City can pull off a win against the odds at St Mary’s tonight.
The former Cherries boss has seen his side win three cup games so far this season – but they are the only victories in the club’s last 21 games in all competitions.
You have to go back to March for City’s last league victory and, if that was not tough enough, O’Driscol is having to consider his options carefully after picking up injuries to several key players which leaves them short at the back for this evening’s clash with Saints.
“I can mix it but defensively we are stretched,” said O’Driscoll.
“With Jimmy (O’Connor) being out and a doubt about Aden (Flint) that will cause us massive problems because if Louis Carey isn’t fit we haven’t really got a right sider so we might have to switch the system again to get people in round holes.”
O’Driscoll is expecting a much changed Saints side for the game and has tried to learn some lessons from the 5-1 win over Barnsley that Mauricio Pochettino’s men recorded in the previous round.
“I watched them against West Ham because it was a Sunday game and watched the tape against Barnsley so we are prepared as we can be,” he said.
“We had somebody at the Liverpool game in case something crops up you might need so I don’t think we could do much more in preparation.
“We have tried to learn some of the things that Barnsley did well and maybe some of the mistakes they made in the game and that’s par for the course, that’s what we do in every game regardless of whether it’s a Premier division team or a League Two team in the JP Trophy, you try and do the same things, it just makes it more difficult the better the opposition you play against.”
City put in a decent performance in losing 3-2 at Swindon at the weekend but O’Driscoll is under no illusions as to how hard things will be for his team tonight.
“You are talking about Premier division quality,” he reflected.
“The actual structure of the game means they will be fluid with the ball because that’s what the Premier division is all about.“They went to Anfield on Saturday and restricted a free flowing Liverpool team from getting into a rhythm.
“I’m sure they will be looking to carry on from the draw they had against West Ham which was their last home game but they have also got Crystal Palace on Saturday so potentially they could get back-to-back wins and that’s difficult in any division, and I’m sure it’s more difficult in the Premier division.
“He’s going to make wholesale changes. He did in the last round against Barnsley and they still managed to put five past a Championship team.
“I would imagine he could make even more changes against us so the task for us will remain a difficult one and one we’ve got to come out with some positives regardless of what result it might be, to just carry on some of the good things we did against Swindon.”
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