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Jonathan Redhead Mark Fotheringham today revealed his keenness to resume the “honour” of being captain of Norwich City after missing out for a week.
Mark Fotheringham today revealed his keenness to resume the “honour” of being captain of Norwich City after missing out for a week.
Suspension forced the Scot to watch from the sideline as Jamie Cureton skippered City to last week's 1-0 victory over Barnsley, bagging the only goal of the game to boot. He celebrated his first half strike by kissing the armband - which was the first time he had worn it in his Norwich City career.
And after giving Cureton stick for his celebration, Fotheringham wants to be skipper once more.
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“I think the boys were giving him a bit of stick because he was kissing the band and all that. I don't know what that means maybe he wants it on a permanent basis but we'll wait and see - it's good fun,” Fotheringham said.
“It's not really my scene - I like to kiss the badge more!
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“But on a serious note, he did really well and he said he enjoyed the day and it meant a lot to him which was obviously the case. To be captain of this club with all the great fans we have is obviously an honour. It was a nice goal from him and that so he had a good day.” Asked if he thought Cureton might make a claim to be captain full time, Fotheringham said: “Hopefully not.”
“To be captain of this club is a great honour for anyone especially with the crowds we get and the tradition of this club and all that. I think with Jamie being a guy who's been here before and he's now come back and looking to score goals, then getting the captaincy has been a big boost through a spell when he wasn't scoring as much.
“But as I've said before Jamie Cureton's always going to get you goals.
“For me he's one of the best strikers in the league. It's good it's given him a bit of confidence getting the goal and being captain as well. He's a good lad. I really enjoy playing with him. Ched Evan's come in and scored some awesome goals and Dion's just Dion at the moment so we've got really good strikers there and it's good competition at the moment.”
But after declaring his intentions to regain the armband, Fotheringham admitted he first faces a battle to get back in Glenn Roeder's starting line-up.
Since triumph over the Tykes, Roeder's squad has been over to Spain for some warm weather training and Fotheringham admitted he put in maximum effort in a bid to force his way back into the side for today's Coca-Cola Championship clash with Blackpool.
“You're never sure you know, because nothing's certain in football,” he said.
“I'll need to go out and train well and obviously I tried to train as best as I can over in Spain. In saying that there's quality there so we'll just have to wait and see what the team is.
“It's been good to get away together as a group and the team spirit's good. We got a game of golf as well. The training was quality. The training pitches were unbelievable and it was just nice to get a bit of sun on our faces and have a bit of fun together.
“It's important to have the competition. If this is to go to where it wants to be at, then we're going to have to have competition in every single position and we're gradually getting that now which is pleasing.”
Ahead of today's clash, Fotheringham says on-loan Blackpool striker Paul Dickov is the man to watch out for.
The man from Manchester City has bagged five goals in his last five games.
“He's a little pest isn't he?” Fotheringham said. “He's proven he's a good player a real experienced player with a good head on him. He's really sharp for his age and he's going to be a threat and we'll need to be on our toes with him around.”
“I think if I was playing at the back I'd kick him! He's a good player so he'll be a big threat but we're looking forward to the game definitely.”