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Losing start for O'Driscoll

New Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll saw his side lose 1-0 at Leeds United. Photo: Scott Wilson/EMPICS Sport



Sean O'Driscoll's first game in charge of the Championship's bottom club ended in defeat as Ross McCormack's second-half header helped Leeds do the double over Bristol City for the third season running.

O'Driscoll took over at Ashton Gate this week, less than a month after his acrimonious departure from Nottingham Forest, and for 67 minutes watched his new charges hold their own against a Leeds side who were barracked by their own fans for an anaemic performance in front of goal.

McCormack's second strike of the week changed the mood, though, putting Leeds on their way to a sixth successive home league win, a statistic that goes against the sarcastic cheers that have started to accompany every shot they have at goal.

For O'Driscoll, this was his second encounter with Leeds in just 24 days. He engineered a 4-2 win for Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day and was sacked in the wake of it, and his new team started as though they were keen to rack up a big score too.

Former Leeds midfielder Neil Kilkenny caused havoc in United's box with a chipped free-kick and Liam Fontaine looked to have got in on goal until Sam Byram scrambled the ball away.

Leeds settled down after that, McCormack putting a free-kick wide, but the Robins were the slicker team, playing in a manner which belied their position.

McCormack's 67th minute header from Ross Barkley's cross ruined City's hopes of keeping their first clean-sheet of the season. There had been little to shout about before the goal and the game quickly reverted back to type, with neither side doing little to prove that the goal was anything other than a one-off moment of excellence.

I've had three days with them and I thought they deserved a 'well done'. You don't get many chances to say that when you are still bottom of the league.

We wanted them to be well organised, hard to beat and bright in the opposition's half, which they were. I was pleased with their application but disappointed with the result. They are an honest bunch and I will just give them some direction.

If we can maintain the level we set today and add a couple of players there is no reason why we can't give ourselves a chance of retaining Championship status.

– Sean O'Driscoll, Manager, Bristol City


Wes Foderingham saved a penalty in Swindon's 2-0 win over Shrewsbury. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Swindon's impressive home form continues after two second half goals saw off Shrewsbury.

Paolo Di Canio's men have scored 16 goals without reply in just four home matches.

The game went ahead thanks to an army of volunteers who worked late into Friday night to clear snow from the County Ground's pitch covers.

After a quiet first half, the game sparked into life four minutes after the restart. Andy Williams raced onto a pass before being brought down in the penalty area. Referee Richard Clarke wasted no time in pointing to the spot, and Chris Martin converted the kick to grab his first goal in Swindon colours.

The hosts doubled their advantage just a few minutes later. Matt Ritchie’s cross was nodded back into the danger area where Andy Williams was first to react to head home.

Shrewsbury had a chance to get back into the game ten minutes from time. Alan McCormack fouled Jon Taylor in the area, and the referee awarded the game's second spot-kick. Matt Richards stepped up, but saw his effort brilliantly saved by Wes Foderingham.


Kaid Mohamed missed two good chances to put Cheltenham ahead at Morecambe. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

On Friday night, Cheltenham Town missed out on the chance of moving into the League Two automatic promotion places after a scrappy game at Morecambe.

Shaun Harrad shot wide early on, and Marlon Pack saw a free-kick saved by goalkeeper Barry Roche.

Mark Yates' men felt they should've had a penalty just before half-time when Sam Deering was hacked down, but the referee waved away their protests.

In the second half, Kaid Mohamed wasted two opportunities to break the deadlock, before Kevin Ellison almost won it for the home side with a wind-assisted effort.

The draw lifts Cheltenham up one place to fourth.

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