Jay Emmanuel-Thomas feels no pressure in promotion bid

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas celebrates his goal
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas celebrates his goal at Sheffield United

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas says he feels no pressure as he tries to fire Cardiff City into the Premier League.

The on-loan Arsenal striker scored the Bluebirds' second goal in the 2-0 win over bottom club Sheffield United.

Victory lifted Cardiff up to second in the Championship, a point ahead of Norwich City.

"I'm feeling quite confident about Cardiff being able to go to the Premier League so hopefully everyone else feels the same," said Emmanuel-Thomas.

"The team is very strong and we've got a good build and obviously they can play decent football so they've just got to keep the run that we've got going now til the end of the season and you never know - we may reach the Premier League."

It is not the first time Cardiff have occupied second spot this season but they have climbed back into the last automatic promotion place at a crucial time.

Just five games remain and Dave Jones' side are a point ahead of Norwich in third and two points clear of Swansea in fourth - both of whom have been second.

Queens Park Rangers lead the Championship by 10 points and are on the verge of promotion back to the Premier League after a 15-year absence, but face a disciplinary hearing over the transfer of Alejandro Faurlin which could see them docked points.

Emmanuel-Thomas though, believes the Bluebirds have what it takes to remain in second for the rest of the season.

"Being in second place, obviously we'd go straight to the Premier League without even the play-offs so hopefully if we can keep where we are now then that's where we'll be next season," added the 20-year-old.

"It's been awkward. Everything's very tight and other teams are going up and down, winning and losing and at times you don't think it's going to happen, but obviously now it's going good for us - we just need to keep it going."

It was Emmanuel-Thomas' second goal in a Cardiff City shirt since joining on loan in January, with both strikes coming in away games.

And now he hopes to get on the scoresheet at the Cardiff City Stadium starting with Saturday's visit of Portsmouth.

"I'm very pleased obviously [to have scored]. I scored one earlier this season and hopefully now I've got my second I can get a couple more," he added.

"Hopefully I can get one at the City Stadium before the season's over."

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