Jay Emmanuel-Thomas: Bristol City striker praises Sean O'Driscoll
Bristol City hotshot Jay Emmanuel-Thomas saluted his team-mates and manager on FL72-Preview.
Last Updated: 17/11/13 6:02pm
The former Arsenal youngster - who joined the Robins from Ipswich over the summer - has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, including a hat-trick in the win over Carlisle at the end of October.
However, Emmanuel-Thomas - who has netted in his previous four matches - took time to salute his City colleagues and Ashton Gate chief Sean O'Driscoll as the West Country outfit gather a head of steam following a sluggish start to the campaign.
"I have scored some good goals and some tap-ins but the players around me have made my job easier," said the 22-year-old, whose side have taken seven points from their last three League One fixtures to rise to 20th in the table.
"They have given me the licence to play as best as I can and are putting me in positions where I end the move, but the manager also focusses on my strong points and what I do best on the pitch.
"That helps me to be a threat to the opposition and everything I am touching at the minute seems to be going in the back of the net. I have had a bright start to the season and am hoping to continue it."
Emmanuel-Thomas played under O'Driscoll during a loan spell at Doncaster in 2010, during which time he netted five goals in 14 league appearances, and the Londoner says he is enjoying linking up with the former Bournemouth midfielder once again.
Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade, meanwhile, praised Emmanuel-Thomas' all-round abilities when he dropped into the FL72 studio on Thursday evening and also stated that he expects the striker's team - relegated from the Championship last year - to push on as the season progresses.
Emmanuel Thomas said: "I knew Sean having played under him before and knew I could boost my career by coming [to Bristol City] by playing lots of games and getting fitter. The future is out of my hands and I am just here to score goals and win games."
Slade added: "The expectation for City will be to get in the top six, even after their poor start, and Emmanuel-Thomas is leading the way for them. He has got great feet, is scoring at will and is clearly enjoying his football.
"Sean bought a lot of players in over the summer and it will take them time to bed in - I have had that problem at clubs in the past - but he will get there in the end."
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