Rotherham United know that the main danger at Bristol City this afternoon is likely to come from the enigmatic striker nicknamed JET... Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
The powerful striker, who started out at Arsenal, showed what he is capable of in last Sunday’s televised FA Cup tie at Tamworth.
He scored a superb goal out of nothing with a splendid strike from 25 yards that would have graced any level of the game. It put City in the lead and set them up for a 2-1 win.
In that game, Emmanuel-Thomas played in behind the two strikers, ex-Miller Ryan Taylor and Sam Baldock, a role where opponents have caused Rotherham problems at times this season. When Rochdale moved Matty Done there last week he had plenty of freedom to do as he pleased.
“Jay Emmanuel-Thomas can be whatever he wants to be,” reckoned Millers boss Steve Evans.
“He has a right foot and a magic wand (for a left foot) and we all saw him score a stunning goal and he is certainly capable of that sort of thing. He’s not always like that, of course, but we’ll be aware of him and also of someone like Sam Baldock who causes teams problems.
“Bristol City have a top class squad and everybody thought they would be in the top three and Sean O’Driscoll was able to spend a lot of money but it didn’t work out.
“It’s Steve Cotterill’s first home game in charge so the players will want to respond and the crowd are passionate down there but that’s something our players will like.”
The Millers have central midfielder Michael Tidser available again after his one-match ban but no Michael O’Connor who is expected to return to full training on Monday.
David Worrall, who had 45 minutes in the reserves on Monday in his first action for four months, will also be back in full training with the squad and if all goes well he will become available next week.