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O'Driscoll wants right blend

Bristol City head coach Sean O'Driscoll said he is keen to strengthen his squad after his side were edged out 2-1 by Wolves at Ashton Gate.

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Bakary Sako blasted Wolves in front with a superbly-struck 25-yard free-kick from the corner of the box in the 22nd minute after the impressive Kevin Doyle had been fouled.

But against the run of play Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fired a 53rd-minute equaliser after Sam Baldock had robbed Richard Stearman and crossed low from the right, only for Wolves full-back Matt doherty to fire home an 85th-minute volley to secure all the points.

O'Driscoll, who substituted experienced midfielder Neil Kilkenny after only 36 minutes, said: "We couldn't use Neil's passing ability because we were defending too deep and allowing Wolves to dominate us.

"At half-time I told the players that if they were going to lose at least be brave about it.

"We made the game much tighter after the break and might even have won it, but for a brilliant save from Sam Baldock.

"I would have been happier if we had played as we did in the second half for 90 minutes, but Wolves are a quality team at this level and at least we matched them for part of the game.

"We need to strengthen our squad, but have to do so without blocking opportunities for our young players, so it isn't easy to find the right personnel."

Bristol were all over the place defensively as the visitors dominated the opening 45 minutes, forcing several saves from home goalkeeper Frank Fielding.

But the hosts were a different team after equalising and Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme made a brilliant double save from Baldock after 63 minutes and that was matched by Fielding's reaction stop from Doyle's shot seven minutes later.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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