Looking at the other results, it was so important we won on Saturday.
Several of our rivals got out of jail with winning goals and that tells you how important our three points was.
The top sides who are challenging for promotion will throw everything at it, if they have a fair chance to win games.
So it was key we won. Because I expected Norwich to win and I expected Swansea to win. That’s how it’s going to be from now until the end of the season and our victory was well deserved and builds everything up nicely for what is going to be a big game against Norwich next Saturday.
Looking at Saturday’s game, I thought in the first half, we were very comfortable. The two wide boys are on fire, Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel, and the system worked well for us, especially in the first half.
And Snodgrass’ goal was a goal fit to grace and win any game. It was terrific, he was dragging it back with his foot and not panicking with the defenders around him and waited for the perfect time to roll it past David James in the corner – it was a great finish.
Him and Max Gradel were instrumental for the first goal and for the second, Rob did his thing on the touchline again and then had a shot and it came back to Max and it was 2-0.
If the two of them keep playing like that and stay free of injury, we’ve got to have a great chance of staying up there this season and being in the top two.
I don’t think there’s any wingers better in this division when they are on song. Although they are different types; sometimes Max frustrates you, especially when he has a bit of time, but he’s always a threat and makes himself an opening or a chance.
Robert Snodgrass has a great footballing brain and is more sutle and can pick a pass out. But the two of them, as a combination, are playing terrificly – there’s no doubt about that.
In the second half, we came unnder a little bit of pressure from set-plays. But the goalkeeper made some great saves.
Kasper is a very good shot-stopper; although sometimes on a few occasions, I would like to see him come for a few more crosses, because he proved in the second half, he can come and punch them away and that’s something he will try and improve in his game as well. But you can’t criticise him for that.
The woodwork did help us twice in the second half. But Simon himself will think that, coming to a place like Ashton Gate, it was always going to be difficult on occasions with Bristol having spells in the game where they were going to put us under pressure and they did put a few balls into the box in the second half.
But our determination to get some last-ditch blocks in and the form of the goalkeeper was all there. And if we keep doing that, we’ll score in every game we play. We’ve got a great goalscoring record and if the wide boys are flying, we are going to get chances.
We’ve got players who can pass the ball quickly and get it out to the two wide players who will run at people and they can destroy teams. Those two are the big plus for us just now.
A clean sheet, away from home, was terrific as well. It’s so important for defenders. Strikers who don’t score goals lose confidence and as defenders if you keep conceding, you start to think and worry about it.
It’s two clean sheets on the trot now and the defenders will think: ‘All we’ve got to do is keep a clean sheet’ and we’ll win the game.
In terms of the back four, I thought our new signing, Eric Lichaj did very well. He was under a lot of pressure, although most of their pressure was coming from long balls, corner kicks and free-kicks knocked in the box.
But I thought he had a really sound and polished debut and linked up with Robert Snodgrass when needed, although he didn’t have to get beyond him many times! It was a case of giving the ball to Rob and letting him get on with it.