Wade Elliott: Bristol City midfielder sees "good spirit" in team

Wade Elliott
Elliott has scored once in eight games for Bristol City this season

Bristol City captain Wade Elliott says the "spirit" amongst the squad has been key to their early success this season.

Steve Cotterill's unbeaten side go into Saturday's game against Fleetwood four points clear at the top of League One.

"If anything has surprised me, it's how quickly we've integrated so many new players and how quickly we've forged a good spirit," the 35-year-old midfielder told BBC Radio Bristol.

"There's certainly a good feeling around the place."

He continued: "It's hard to put your finger on exactly what it is. If you went into 10 different dressing rooms they would tell you 10 different things.

"But when you get the sense you've got a bit of momentum and you can do something good.

"There's focus and determination and that's been here since the first day we reported back. We're seeing the fruits of that now and long may that continue."

Bristol City's second division-winning side in 1906
Bristol City have made their best start to a season since 1905-06, when the team went on to beat Manchester United to the second division title

Elliott was one of seven new signings to arrive over the summer, following a successful loan spell last season, and was handed the captaincy after Sam Baldock's departure to Brighton.

Both Elliott and seven-goal striker Aaron Wilbraham, 34, have been described by manager Cotterill as being "Peter Pan" footballers, as they excel in their first full season for the club.

And midfielder Elliott believes the arrival of Wilbraham and strike partner Kieran Agard has given City the edge they need.

"It can't be very nice for defenders to look at our team and think they've got to play against those two strikers at the weekend.

"There's been good performances throughout the team but the two lads up front have certainly been key in setting the tone for the way we've wanted to play.

"The opposition know they're in for a battle physically and mentally they're both very alert. They're setting a good tone for the lads who are behind them."

Bristol City celebrate
Aden Flint celebrates with Luke Ayling and Joe Bryan during Bristol City's win over Port Vale