Defender speaks of his pride after being given captain's armband by new boss Phil Brown
Ryan Cresswell says it was a privilege to captain Blues in Friday’s 2-2 draw with Bradford, but was disappointed not to hold on for the three points.
He now hopes he can keep hold of the armband when Blues face Fleetwood at home tomorrow and pick up his first three points as captain of the side.
While the defender was pleased to be handed the armband by new boss Phil Brown, he says that Blues need more than just one leader for all the remaining games this season.
He said: “It was a privilege to be given the armband by the Gaffer for the game against Bradford.
“It was just a disappointed that we couldn’t hold on for the three points because I thought we played well enough.
“Obviously Barks is Club captain and in his absence Luke, Sean and Mark Phillips have stepped in, but it was given to me on Friday.
“I’m more than happy to be captain, I try to be as vocal as I can anyway on the pitch so it doesn’t really change much.
“We have got a lot of leaders in the team in many different ways but we need all of them for every game remaining this season.
“Fleetwood is going to be a tough game and we’ve not been great at home so we need leaders out on that pitch to help us get back to winning ways at home.
“Only one person can wear the armband and I’m grateful to have been picked to wear it, but the whole team needs to lead against Fleetwood.”
Ryan believes that the extra day rest can help Blues against a Fleetwood side who played at 3pm on Saturday and then faced a long trip down on Sunday.
He added: “We’ve got to use that to our advantage definitely. We need to go the right way about how we train and prepare over the weekend before the game.
“Fleetwood will only have had one day rest before the game and it’s a 1pm kick-off so we must really come out the blocks firing.
“If we do that, and get the home crowd behind us, then I’m sure we can put in a positive performance and get the three points.
“It’s the final game before our trip to Wembley, and just for a confidence boost we really want to pick up three points on Monday.”