The Bristol Post reports that Steve Cotterill’s decision to leave out Emmanuel-Thomas of the first team and keep him on the bench for the opening fixture against Sheffield United, the decision came as a surprise to many Bristol City fans.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was one of City’s start performers last season and the ex-Arsenal striker was widely expected to partner Sam Baldock up front for the first game.
Manager Cotterill chose to go for a physical presence up front with an aerial threat of Wilbraham alongside the pace of Baldock. Cotterill’s choice was fully vindicated when the former Palace front man scored a goal and setup another to inspire City to a famous 2-1 win over the League One favourites.
The Robins are likely to shuffle their pack ahead of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup first round at Ashton Gate against Oxford United to avoid tiredness, however it is hard to see how the manager can break-up the partnership which was so successful at Brammall Lane.
Wilbraham was one of the six new signings who started against the Yorkshire side, Cotterill brought on all of his summer recruits for some part in the game.