Friday, February 5th, 2016
Richard O’Donnell is well aware he must maintain his current form to keep his place in Bristol City’s starting line-up.
The goalkeeper turned his loan spell into a two-and-a-a-half-year deal on Monday, just hours before the transfer window slammed shut.
O’Donnell has conceded only four goals in five games between the posts, but insists he will not be getting complacent just because his long-term future is now settled.
“It was something that got mentioned last week – not too much because we had the game on Saturday,” he said of the deal.
“But after that there wasn’t much time to get it done so it was pretty quick. I’m just glad to get it done.
“I’m playing regularly at the minute and I know I’ve got to keep playing well to stay in the team.
“I’m pretty pleased with how things are going personally. As a team we’re performing quite well – we just need to finish it off now.
“Everyone’s been brilliant with me – the fans and the club, who have put me in a house, so from that point of view I couldn’t have asked for any more.
“I’m enjoying my football and I hope that will continue.”
The former Wigan Athletic and Walsall shot-stopper was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s crunch clash against City’s fellow survival hopefuls Charlton Athletic at The Valley (3pm).
The Addicks were 4-1 victors at Rotherham United last time out, but O’Donnell believes that will create added pressure on home soil.
“I think they have a big expectation at home and that might go against them,” he said.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, because they had a great result last week and we know they’re going to be a threat, but if we play how we can do and finish our chances, we’ll be okay.
“If we win we know we’ll be a few points clear of Charlton, so that’s the aim.”