O'Driscoll hails young Gunner
Sean O'Driscoll praised Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' performance as Gary Johnson targets defensive cover.
Last Updated: 06/03/10 7:22pm
Sean O'Driscoll praised Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' performance in Doncaster Rovers' 5-2 win at Bristol City as Gary Johnson targets defensive cover.
Emmanuel-Thomas is on loan at Doncaster from Arsenal and O'Driscoll is delighted to have a player of the attacker's calibre in his squad.
The teenager struck twice at Ashton Gate, with Billy Sharp also netting a double, and O'Driscoll is tipping Emmanuel-Thomas for a bright future.
O'Driscoll said: "Jay suits our style of play perfectly and it is quite something for a club like us to attract a player from Arsenal.
"I'm so pleased to have him and hopefully we can help him make progress in his career. He has work to do on his play off the ball, but at this stage he could be anything.
"I'm not sure what position he will eventually occupy as he is not exactly a striker and not exactly a midfield player.
"What I do know is that he fits in perfectly with the players we have and the system we want to play.
"I was delighted with all the team. Bristol had height in the middle with Chris Iwelumo and pace down the flanks so they were always going to be a threat, but we were very brave in the way we defended."
Sixes and sevens
Robins boss Johnson said: "We were at sixes and sevens from the start and although we hit back twice, the game was lost in the first 20 minutes.
"We didn't make enough tackles in any area of the pitch and when you fail to do that the opposition are made to look very good.
"I'd like to bring in a loan signing to cover for the injuries we have at the back, but it's easier said than done.
"The players will be working very hard tomorrow and Monday before our midweek trip to Crystal Palace."