Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll full of praise for striker Jon Stead
Bristol City head coach Sean O’Driscoll says he has been impressed by Jon Stead since arriving at Ashton Gate in January.
The 30-year-old striker has started five games under O’Driscoll and improved with every appearance.
And the former Huddersfield, Blackburn and Sunderland man reached new heights when scoring twice in Saturday’s 5-3 npower Championship win over Barnsley to help lift the Robins off the foot of the table.
O’Driscoll was full of praise for the Yorkshireman after watching his team chalk up a fourth successive home win.
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He said: “Jon has had a few clubs and I’ve come up against him in the past.
“Having worked with him now, I’ve realised he is an intelligent, articulate and hard-working footballer who understands the game.
“He has an opinion, which is good, and it is not an opinion that is steeped in ‘I’ve always done it like this.’ He has a clear understanding of what the team needs.
“Jon can see the bigger picture and his role in it. He has been impressive since I’ve been here.
“I thought he led the line well, was terrific and deserved his two goals.”
Stead has now started three games alongside Steven Davies and the pair are forging an effective strike partnership.
Both scored on Saturday and Barnsley’s defence had no answer to their physical presence and work-rate.
“We were not going to match Barnsley for possession, because we are not there yet, and our best ball was down the sides,” explained O’Driscoll.
“Anything we put wide caused a problem for them, because Jon and Steven were prepared to run the channels.”