The Bristol City goalscorer Albert Adomah, left, celebrates with Marvin Elliott in the 2-0 home win against Middlesbrough.
Sean O’Driscoll heaped praise on his Ghana winger Albert Adomah
after the winger’s first goal under his stewardship helped the head coach to a fifth home win out of six since his arrival.
The Ghanaian has had to be patient in recent weeks and came off the bench to replace the injured Jon Stead in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough at Ashton Gate, initially operating in an unfamiliar central role alongside fellow goalscorer Steven Davies.
He duly opened the scoring 12 minutes before the interval in spectacular fashion, cutting inside on to his left foot and curling the ball into the net via the inside of the far post.
But the City boss often speaks of fine margins in games, and conceded there was a degree of luck attached to Adomah’s touch of class.
“If you’re going to get out of the situation we’re in sometimes you need a bit of fortune to go your way, but we deserved the fortune we’ve had,” O’Driscoll told Bristol City Player.
“When he’s hit it you think it’s going over the bar, but he’s taken the responsibility to step inside on his left foot and if you don’t shoot, you don’t score.
“I was a bit surprised when it crept in to be honest, but they’re in one of those runs where goals like that are going in against them. Usually that happens when you’re bottom of the league, but fortunately for us it’s happened to them near the top.
“With the team as it is, I just think Albert is best suited to play a little freer. After we scored he had to drop back a bit with the way they were playing, so he had to try and take care of George Friend, who’s probably their most attacking player.
“In some senses that’s a bit unfair on him – not playing to his strengths – but once we got to half-time we flipped it again with Liam Kelly, Stephen Pearson and the two full backs combining really well to deal with their wide men.”
City’s second goal arrived seven minutes into the second half, as Davies clinically dispatched Stephen Pearson’s pass across Boro keeper Jason Steele into the bottom corner.