Fozzy: We need 11 captains on the pitch

DAVID CUFFLEY Mark Fotheringham is loving every minute of his new job as Norwich City skipper but insists: “We need eleven captains out there.”


Mark Fotheringham is loving every minute of his new job as Norwich City skipper but insists: “We need eleven captains out there.”

The Scottish midfielder led the Canaries to their second home victory in the space of five days as they moved out of the bottom three of the Coca-Cola Championship by beating Sheffield United 1-0.

Fotheringham, 24, was confirmed as captain in place of Jason Shackell when he retained the armband for Saturday's match - a remarkable turn of events in the space of a fortnight for a player who had been sidelined for three months by ankle ligament damage.

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“I've got the job now and it's going to be a big responsibility for me and it's something I'm looking forward to. I think it can help me become a better player, giving me more responsibility. I'm really excited about it and I'm just looking forward to playing more games,” said Fotheringham.

“It's been a real turnaround but it's like Glenn Roeder said, when you work hard you get your rewards, and a few of us are working hard and starting to get rewards out there.

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“We had a chat today and he just said he'd had a chat with Shack and basically I'm going to be the captain, which is great for me. To be honest, Shack's done really well and I said to him out there as well 'It's only an armband at the end of the day' because we need eleven leaders out there at this moment in time, being down there in the table.”

The City armband has been handed round like pass the parcel over the past season and-a-half with Adam Drury, Craig Fleming, Dion Dublin, Darren Huckerby, Gary Doherty, Shackell and now Fotheringham - new boss Roeder's choice - leading the side on different occasions.

The Canaries will be aiming for five wins out of six - and could maintain Fotheringham's 100 per cent record - against Colchester in Saturday's televised game at Layer Road (5.20pm).

He said: “We're just taking each game as it comes. I know it's a cliché but we are at the moment, we've got to do that.

“Sheffield United, that was a massive result for us and you could see the boys were really working hard for each other and there is a real team spirit about the side.

“They've just come down from the Premiership and acquitted themselves really well and they were unfortunate to go down last season. So it's a great confidence booster for us to go out there and get the three points.

“We're looking to Colchester now, it's going to be live on Sky, it's a great stage. It's a nice little ground down there. We'll go down there and we'll work hard.

“This league is so unpredictable and we're starting to get a little bit of consistency. What's pleasing me is that when we're going under the cosh now, we look strong. I know other teams have got a lot of the ball in certain periods but we're still strong. There's nobody really cutting us up.”

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